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Amazon's stock, up 27% this year at Thursday's close, climbed 2.1% in pre-market trading in New York Friday.

The figures were released hours before Berkshire Hathaway's marathon annual shareholder meeting kicked off in Omaha, Nebraska on Saturday.

Still, Berkshire Hathaway ended a year ago with its Apple investment valued more than the cost of buying the shares.

The forum will also feature panel discussions on Warren Buffett's investment strategies.

According to the report, Buffet said that one of his colleagues that manages the money in the office had bought Amazon to show up in the 13F quarterly filling report.

He holds a stake in Apple and had a sizeable investment in IBM at one point, but has generally refrained from investing in numerous biggest technology companies that have become powerhouses in the 21st Century, including Google, Facebook and - until now - Amazon.

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Warren Buffett, the CEO and chairman of the Berkshire Hathaway, doesn't think the USA political system is shifting toward socialism anytime soon, despite a progressive push from some Democrats.

Berkshire Shareholders were also seen at the Kiewit Building and taking selfies with the company headquarters building. One stock that has particularly led the charge though is Amazon (AMZN).

Then in 2016, Berkshire Hathaway jumped into Apple and has built its stake in the iPhone maker into a holding valued at more than US$50 billion. By contrast, Amazon's shareholders have allowed Bezos to expand aggressively at the expense of delivering consistent profits. To solidify its dominance of the online retail market, Amazon is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to cut shipping times to a single day for some members.

Among other businesses, the Berkshire Hathaway Energy unit posted a 3-percent profit increase, while earnings from retailing and services units increased 16 percent, despite a 19 percent revenue drop at See's sweets because Easter fell late.

The company this week signed a deal to pump US$10b into Occidental Petroleum to fund the oil and gas company's US$55b takeover of rival Anadarko. Buffett's assistant didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

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