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Inflation Woes, Chipotle's New CEO, & Buffett's Latest Stock Picks

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  • (1:00) - Commodities Spike With Interest Rate Concerns
  • (4:15) - Chipotle Hires A New CEO: Brian Niccol
  • (13:00) - Berkshire Hathaway 13F Released: Apple Holdings Increased
  • (18:00) - Episode Roundup:

On today’s episode of the Zacks Friday Finish Line, Content Writer Ryan McQueeney and Editor Maddy Johnson take on this week’s biggest stories, including the latest concerns about inflation, Chipotle’s new CEO, and Berkshire Hathaway’s recent stock picks.

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First up, Maddy and Ryan highlighted the latest concerns about inflation that emerged after the release of the January CPI earlier this week. The CPI, which measures what American consumers pay for everything from food to medical care, climbed at a seasonally adjusted rate of 0.5% last month—ahead of analyst expectations. Now, investors have even more reason to fear that the Fed will raise interest rates in order to curb possible inflation.

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The hosts also discussed Chipotle’s (CMG - Free Report) decision to hire former Yum! Brands (YUM - Free Report) executive Brian Niccol as its new CEO. Niccol, who most recently served as the CEO of Taco Bell, will take over as chief executive officer on March 5. The chief executive is credited with bringing Taco Bell into the digital age, so it will be interesting to watch what he does at Chipotle.

For more, check out: Chipotle Soars As Former Taco Bell Chief Named CEO

Finally, Maddy and Ryan cover the new quarterly filing from Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B - Free Report) and highlight two of the conglomerate’s most interesting holdings. Make sure to listen to the show to hear more!

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As always, thanks for listening to this episode of the Zacks Friday Finish Line, and check back for even more news from the investment and financial world!

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