Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway swung to a $49.7bn loss in the first three months of the year, as the sharp sell-off in global stock markets hammered its investment portfolio. The sprawling industrial conglomerate disclosed on Saturday that its stock portfolio, which includes shares in blue-chip groups such as Apple and Bank of America, declined by
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News you might have missed Prime minister Narendra Modi’s government has extended India’s nationwide lockdown for another two weeks after May 4, but eased many restrictions. All public transport services — including airlines, trains, urban metros and interstate and inter-district bus services — will remain suspended across the country until May 18. However, in so-called
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Keeping Amazon workers healthy and products moving could cost an additional $4bn or more in the next quarter, the company warned, wiping out any gain from a jump in sales as the coronavirus pandemic puts stresses on its vast network. The ecommerce company reported record first-quarter net sales of $75.5bn, better than Wall Street had
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The cryptocurrency market might have had a horrid time over the past few weeks, but things have changed this week. Much of the reversal in fortunes is possibly tied to the upcoming Bitcoin halvening event. Why the Sudden Jump? The world’s biggest cryptocurrency by market cap has been in the doldrums due to the coronavirus-induced
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Illinois headed into the COVID-19 pandemic in weaker overall fiscal shape than the previous year as tax revenue fell short of offsetting the state’s obligations. The state’s net position of governmental activities for fiscal year 2019 eroded by $4 billion, pushing the deficit up to a negative $193.1 billion from $189.1 billion, according to the
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Western Digital hard drives are shown for sale at an Office Depot Inc store in Encinitas, California. Mike Blake | Reuters Check out the companies making headlines after the bell. Amazon — The e-commerce giant’s stock tumbled 5% in extended trading after the company posted its first-quarter financial results. The company reported first-quarter earnings of
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More than 3.8m Americans filed new claims for jobless benefits last week, bringing the six-week total since the start of the lockdowns to curb the coronavirus pandemic to more than 30m. The number of initial unemployment claims fell from 4.4m the previous week, the US labour department said on Thursday, against expectations of 3.5m. But
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The Federal Reserve said Wednesday it would keep its benchmark interest rate near zero in response to the economic shock from the coronavirus crisis. “The most significant responsibility of the Fed now is to make sure that credit markets continue to function,” said Greg McBride, chief financial analyst at Bankrate.com. “Without functioning credit markets, there will be no economic
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The US economy shrank in the first quarter by its fastest rate since the 2008 financial crisis, ending the longest expansion on record as lockdowns aimed at curbing the coronavirus pandemic choked off economic activity. Gross domestic product, or the value of all goods and services produced by the economy, shrank at an 4.8 per cent
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General Electric reported Wednesday a steep declines in first-quarter revenue and earnings as the industrial giant took a hit amid the coronavirus pandemic.  The company posted a total revenue of $20.524 billion, which represents a year-over-year decline of 8%. GE Industrial profits fell 46% year over year to $1.096 billion from $2.017 billion. On an
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President Donald Trump plans to order meat-processing plants to remain open, as concerns mount about the food supply chain after the closure of a number of big facilities because of coronavirus outbreaks. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday afternoon, Mr Trump said his team was drafting an order that he would sign “over the next hour
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