Tuesday , September 25 2018

Berkshire adds to bets on Goldman, others

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Berkshire Hathaway Inc. added to its stakes in two of Warren Buffett’s most favoured industries as the billionaire investor widened bets in banking and the airline industry.
Berkshire boosted investments in Goldman Sachs Group Inc., US Bancorp, Delta Air Lines Inc. and Southwest Airlines Co. in the second quarter, the Omaha, Nebraska-based company said in a filing.
Buffett’s company now holds 13.2 million shares in Goldman Sachs, valued at $2.9 billion at the end of June.
Buffett, 87, and his deputies have been shifting the conglomerate’s $180 billion stock portfolio, exiting some longtime investments including International Business Machines Corp. and piling into newer holdings such as Apple Inc.
The investor has major stakes in the four biggest US airlines and four of the seven largest lenders.
Berkshire cut stakes in American Airlines Group Inc., United Continental Holdings Inc. and Wells Fargo & Co. to avoid surpassing 10 percent ownership in each of those companies, a threshold he said he didn’t want to cross.
Berkshire’s stake in American Airlines decreased 2.8 percent to 44.7 million shares and the Wells Fargo holding declined 1 percent to 452 million shares, valued at $25 billion.
“These buy and sell decisions did not reflect our investment management’s views as to the relative attractiveness of the bought and sold securities but were rather a response to the 10 percent limitation,” Berkshire said in a statement.
Goldman rose as much as 1.3 percent in extended trading after Berkshire’s announcement. Southwest, Delta and US Bancorp all moved higher.
Buffett’s company boosted its stake in Apple 5.2 percent in the second quarter, just months before the iPhone maker made history as the first US-based company with a market value of $1 trillion. Shares of the iPhone maker climbed 9.4 percent in the first half and have continued to gain.

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