Aug 4, 2018

Berkshire Hathaway's stake in Apple now worth almost $50 billion

Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. Photo: Adam Jeffery/CNBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Two years after purchasing 10 million shares of Apple then-valued at $1.1 billion — and with numerous incremental additions since — Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway's stake in the company is now worth nearly $50 billion, CNN reports, citing a regulatory filing.

Why it matters: Earlier this week, Apple became the first-ever U.S. company to have its market cap hit $1 trillion. Berkshire's stake in Apple is the largest of its substantial investment portfolio.

Correction: This article has been updated to note that Berkshire purchased stock multiple times after its purchase two years ago.

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House passes bill to make lynching a federal hate crime

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The House voted 410-4 on Wednesday to pass legislation to designate lynching as a federal hate crime.

Why it matters: Congress has tried and failed for over 100 years to pass measures to make lynching a federal crime.

This year's census may be the toughest count yet

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Community leaders are concerned that historically hard-to-count residents will be even harder to count in this year's census, thanks to technological hurdles and increased distrust in government.

Why it matters: The census — which will count more than 330 million people this year — determines how $1.5 trillion in federal funding gets allocated across state and local governments. Inaccurate counts mean that communities don't get their fair share of those dollars.

Live updates: Coronavirus spreads to Latin America

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

Brazil confirmed the first novel coronavirus case in Latin America Wednesday — a 61-year-old that tested positive after returning from a visit to northern Italy, the epicenter of Europe's outbreak.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected over 81,000 others. By Wednesday morning, South Korea had the most cases outside China, with 1,261 infections. Europe's biggest outbreak is in Italy, where 374 cases have been confirmed.

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