The Motley Fools’ Robert Eberhard tells MHProNews.com an investment in Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-B) stock benefits from being a company, or stock, hand-picked by Warren Buffett. Eberhard compares it to investing in a no-loan mutual fund. The stock is less expensive than it has been recently, and Berkshire’s board has authorized the repurchase of shares for the first time ever. He notes that while the main source of Berkshire’s income is from insurers and re-insurers , the company is poised to take advantage of a resurging housing market. In addition to Clayton Homes, which has about 45 percent of the manufactured housing business in the U.S., Berkshire owns Johns-Manville, Acme Brick, Benjamin Moore Paints, Shaw carpets, and has shares of Home Depot. The company’s holdings in Wells Fargo and US Bancorp, both of which have large mortgage divisions, comprise 12 percent of its investment portfolio. Friday, Jan. 13, the stock closed at $77.77.
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