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April 24, 2018

Marketable securities

Why Warren Buffett sold about one-third of stake in IBM

Warren Buffett, who owned about 81 million shares in IBM at the end of 2016, sold off about a third of that stake in the first and second quarters of 2017. He told CNBC this in a report dated May 4, 2017 (Warren Buffett has sold IBM shares, and ‘revalued’ tech icon downward, cites ‘big strong

Warren Buffett loves Apple

Warren Buffett’s FY2016’s letter dated February 25, 2017, to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders showed the group had 61,242,652 Apple Inc shares, a stake of 1.1 per cent costing US$6.747 billion and worth a market value of US$7.093 billion. This has since doubled. According to a CNBC report on Feb 27, 2017, the stake had doubled in

IBM shares down but Warren Buffett could be happy

Excerpt from a CNN Money report, How to invest like a billionaire, dated 31 December 2014: “The company (Warren) Buffett may regret buying the most this year though is IBM…It’s by far and away the worst performer among the 30 top American businesses in the Dow. IBM is trying to reinvent itself by laying off

Berkshire Hathaway’s fifteen common stock investments that at FY2013 yearend had the largest market value

  12/31/13 Shares** Company Percentage owned Cost* Market (in millions) 151,610,700 American Express Company 14.2 $1,287 $13,756 400,000,000 The Coca-Cola Company 9.1 1,299 16,524 22,238,900  DIRECTV 4.2 1,017 1,536 41,129,643 Exxon Mobil Corp 0.9 3,737 4,162 13,062,594 The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc 2.8 750 2,315 68,121,984 IBM Corp 6.3 11,681 12,778 24,669,778  Moody’s Corporation 11.5

Warren Buffett’s Rip Van Winkle approach

In his letter (dated February 28, 1992 for FY1991) to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, Warren Buffett gave an insight into his Rip Van Winkle approach to investing. Referring to a list of Berkshire Hathaway’s common stock holdings – comprising Capital Cities/ABC Inc, The Coca-Cola Company, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp, GEICO Corp, The Gillette Company, Guinness PLC,  The Washington

Marketable securities: operating results count

In his letter (dated February 29, 1988 for FY1987) to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, Warren Buffett talked about Mr Market, the character used by his teacher and friend Benjamin Graham to personify the behavior of the market. Mr Market has uncontrollable emotional problems. Then Warren Buffett went on to say: “Following Ben’s teachings, Charlie and I let

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