It’s a Good Time to Buy Berkshire Hathaway Stock. Here’s Why.

Text size Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett. Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images Berkshire Hathaway has never been in better shape. Its stock looks appealing after pulling back more than 15% from its record high in March. The conglomerate’s operating profits were up 22% in the second quarter, excluding foreign-exchange gains, powered by a 56% gain in investment … Read more

Stocks Could Keep Rising If the Fed Shows Restraint

Text size As the market rebounds, speculative stocks are stirring. For proof, consider Cathie Wood’s ARK Innovation ETF, up about 40% since mid-June. David Swanson/Reuters/Alamy What bear market? Stocks continued their summer rally this past week as better-than-expected inflation results helped lead to a 3.3% gain in the S&P 500 index, its fourth consecutive weekly … Read more

Tesla’s Stock Will Split on Aug. 24

Illustration by Elias Stein Text size Tesla has given investors something to look forward to this coming week: a three-for-one stock split. As of the close of trading on Aug. 24, Tesla shareholders will get a “dividend” of two extra shares. The next day, Tesla stock will start trading at the new price—a third of … Read more

25 Stocks That Could Rise on a Short Squeeze

Investors betting against electric-vehicle stocks take note: Five of 25 stocks that short-selling research firm S3 Partners identified this month as being at risk of a short squeeze are in the EV business. Short sellers fear short squeezes. To put on a short, investors borrow shares. If the stock falls, the short seller buys them … Read more

Gold Has Been a Disappointment This Year. What Could Change That.

Rising interest rates and strength in the dollar contributed to gold’s drop to $1,700.20 an ounce on July 20, the lowest finish since March 30, 2021. Here: a row of gold ingots in a foundry. Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg Text size Gold has failed to show its value as a haven investment so far this year, with … Read more

What to Buy Right Now: 42 Picks From Barron’s Roundtable Pros

To everything there is a season: A time to hide in a bunker with a crash helmet on as stock and bond prices plummet, and a time to wade cautiously into the market in search of newly created bargains. If you’ve been reading the Barron’s Roundtable for a few years, or even decades, you already … Read more

Apple’s Tim Cook: Barron’s Top CEOs 2022

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Daniel Acker/Bloomberg Text size Apple shares haven’t escaped the 2022 bear market: The stock is down about 20% year to date. Nonetheless, Apple remains the largest U.S. company by market cap, at $2.3 trillion, with most of that generated during CEO Tim Cook’s 11 years at the helm. And Cook … Read more

Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett: Barron’s Top CEOs 2022

Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Steve Pope/Getty Images Text size Warren Buffett is snapping up stocks, buying an insurer at a bargain price, and exciting investors in Berkshire Hathaway . Buffett, who turns 92 in August, had been relatively inactive in the wake of the pandemic, but has sharply picked up the pace of … Read more

Stocks Break Out. There Are Signs Inflation and Interest Rates May Peak Sooner.

Text size A copper smelter in Jinhua, China. Copper prices, often a signal of where the economy is headed, fell 6% this past week. Top Photo/Sipa USA/Alamy The stock market has predicted nine of the past five recessions, economist Paul Samuelson famously quipped back in the 1960s. A half-century later, is the stock market driving … Read more

Gas-Tax Holiday Is a Gimmick. Here Are Some Better Ideas.

President Biden’s proposed gas-tax holiday is both a gimmick and dead on arrival. Yet, it is attracting inordinate attention across Washington and on Wall Street. There are viable ways to improve energy-price inflation, but they aren’t quick fixes. Nor are they politically comfortable. Earlier this month, this column said that policy makers and politicians are … Read more