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Berkshire Hathaway won this week's "stock of the week" poll, so let's find some basic information about the company and then move into some financial analysis. By the way, Wrigley's was a close second for stock of the week, so if there's still a demand next week, we can include it in the poll again.

To start off, here is a business summary of Berkshire Hathaway from Yahoo Finance (bold text added for emphasis):
Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. and its subsidiaries primarily engage in the insurance and reinsurance of property and casualty risks business. It provides automobile, multi line, and credit and income protection insurance; excess-of-loss reinsurance and quota-share coverage; and reinsurance for life, accident, and health risks.

The company also manufactures and distributes clothing, including uniforms for police, fire, postal, and military markets; and footwear, as well as manufactures and distributes clay bricks, concrete blocks, and cut limestone; building products of other manufacturers, including glass block and other masonry products; and sells ceramic floor, and marble and granite stones.

In addition, Berkshire Hathaway produces general purpose coatings; fiber glass wool insulation products and pipe and duct insulation products; roofing systems and components; and non woven mats, fabrics, and fibers. Further, it engages in the provision of manufactured homes, commercial real estate and consumer receivable financing, and annuity contracts; and ownership and management of manufactured housing communities, as well as provision of training to operators of aircraft and ships.

Additionally, the company provides rental furniture and accessories; leases transportation equipment; offers wholesale distribution and logistics services; and retails household appliances, electronics, computers, and other home furnishings. Further, it provides tufted and woven carpets, and laminated flooring; home cleaning systems; confectionery products; and wood and metal moulding, matboard, foamboard, glass, equipment, and other framing supplies, as well as publishes news editions and sells kitchen tools. The company was founded in 1889 and is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. acquired Business Wire in March 2006.

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