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Berkshire Starts Out 2014 on a Weaker Note

Just about every segment at Berkshire was dealing with elevated costs during the first quarter.

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Ahead of its annual meeting this weekend, wide-moat-rated Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) (BRK.B) released results for the first quarter of 2014 that were slightly disappointing when compared with the prior-year period, but basically in line with our own projections.

First-quarter revenue increased 4% year over year to $45.5 billion, with the biggest contribution coming from Berkshire's railroad, utilities, and energy segment. Stripping out the impact of investments and derivatives, first-quarter revenue actually rose closer to 5% year over year.

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