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In 2016, Berkshire Hathaway class A shares rose 23.4% vs. a 9.8% increase in the S&P 500 (with dividends included.) Over the 51 year period from 1965 – 2015, Berkshire’s compounded annual gain equaled 20.8% vs 9.7% for the S&P 500 (with dividends included.) From 2012-2016, the most recent five year period, Berkshire’s compounded annual gain equaled 16.3% vs. 14.7% for the S&P 500 (with dividends included).

Berkshire’s closing share price of $244,121 on December 30, 2016, represents a price to book value ratio of 1.5, based on a book value of $163,783 on September 30, 2016. Its price to book value ratio has averaged 1.6 over the past 30 years.  Warren Buffett has previously stated that he would buy back shares when Berkshire’s price to book value is below 1.20.

(Investing.com and ValueWalk published this blog post.)

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