The $292 billion holding company beat the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index in 2013 alone but it fell short over a five-year period. The S&P 500 returned 128% including dividends since late 2008. Berkshire Hathaway Holdings’ Class A shares rose 80% to $126,766 starting at the same time until Sept. 30.
Market analysts predict that the last three months of 2013 weren’t profitable enough for Warren Buffet’s company to outperform the S&P 500. Barclays Plc (BCS) estimates an 86% gain for Berkshire Hathaway Holdings’ shares over the last five years. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods estimate an 83% gain over that span.