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Buffett: Straight talk from 'Woodstock of Capitalism' — Warren Buffett, speaking at Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting Saturday, told his flock of followers that first-quarter earnings jumped 8.2% to $5.59 billion despite weakness in key insurance and railroad holdings, reiterated he's still on the lookout for big deals like January's $32 billion purchase of Precision Castparts, and advised mom-and-pop investors to build their stock portfolios around low-cost index funds that capture the long-term success of American businesses.

Stocks in red on last trading day of April — Coming on the heels of the worst day for stocks since mid-February, U.S. shares are again under pressure Friday as investors react to a mixed earnings season, the latest moves or lack of moves from the world's central bankers and fresh incoming economic data.

Stocks soften after Apple miss, ahead of Fed statement — Stocks are off to a weak start Wednesday ahead of the Federal Reserve's key decision on interest rates later today and following a big earnings miss from iPhone maker Apple that is weighing heavily on tech-stock packed Nasdaq composite.

Wall Street braces for Fed and Facebook — A busy week on Wall Street gets even busier Wednesday when the Federal Reserve lays out its latest plans for interest rates and social media giant Facebook releases its latest quarterly earnings report. The Fed, of course, has kept interest rates steady so far in 2016 after hiking rates in December for the first time in nearly a decade.

Wall Street continues to view Fed as friend not foe — The Federal Reserve, a loyal friend to Wall Street following the financial crisis that morphed into a foe last year when talk of interest rate hikes began to surface, is again being viewed as a friend investors can rely on for support in uncertain times.

Stocks mixed ahead of Apple earnings, Fed decision — U.S. stocks are pointing to a modest rise Tuesday as investors react to earnings beats from a pair of Dow components and await Apple's closely watched profit results after the closing bell and the Federal Reserve's decision on interest rates tomorrow.

Investors wonder if Apple's profit, outlook can alter view of cooling tech — After surging more than 16% off the mid-February stock market bottom, the technology-dominated Nasdaq has cooled. And a big reason for investors' chilly reception to tech stocks was the double whammy after last Thursday's close when tech titans Microsoft and Google parent Alphabet both disappointed Wall Street with profit reports that fell shy of expectations.

Stocks waver ahead of earnings onslaught, Fed — U.S. stocks are pointing lower ahead of Monday's opening bell as investors brace for a barrage of earnings reports, a slew of fresh economic data and the Federal Reserve's decision on interest rates later in the week.

Stocks turn lower amid weak tech earnings — U.S. stocks were mixed in early trading Friday as the Dow got a boost from a strong earnings report before the opening bell from fast-food play McDonald's while the Nasdaq was dragged down by earnings misses after the market close last night from Microsoft and Google parent Alphabet.

With new highs within reach, stocks stall as ECB stands pat — The Dow's run at a record high has stalled in early trading Thursday amid a small drop in blue chip shares as traders react to the European Central Bank leaving interest rates unchanged and mixed U.Ss. economic data.
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#BRK2016 #BRKLiveStream Buffett on more deals: says would love to find another Precision Castparts -- or two or three or four more,

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#BRK2016 #BRKLiveStream Buffett says Precision Castparts can do better under Berkshire umbrella.

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#BRK2016 #BRKLiveStream Buffett calls Precision Castparts CEO Mark Donegan "one of a kind." BRK bought Precision in Jan for $32 bil.

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