Berkshire Hathaway's higher earnings miss estimates

November 1, 2013: 7:02 PM ET
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Billionaire Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway reported third-quarter profits on Friday that were nearly 30% higher than last year.

After the closing bell on Friday, the firm reported $5.05 billion in profits for the third quarter -- up from $3.92 billion a year ago. Much of the boost came from $1.2 billion in investment gains.

Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA)'s operating earnings, which exclude certain investment gains, were $3.66 billion, up from roughly $3.4 billion a year ago.

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Operating earnings translated to $2,228 per class A share, which missed projections of $2,402 per share from analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters.

Berkshire shares had inched higher during the trading day and then dipped after hours, following the news.

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Berkshire is a broad-based investment conglomerate whose holdings include everything from Geico insurance to Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad to Dairy Queen. It also has stakes in a variety of other large firms.

Earlier this year, Berkshire was part of a consortium along with private equity firm 3G Capital that purchased ketchup maker H.J. Heinz Co for $28 billion.

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