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Warren Buffett Watch

Alex Crippen

Senior Coordinating Producer

Alex Crippen is senior coordinating producer at CNBC.com. He started with CNBC television in 1990. Crippen began his media career in affiliate TV and news radio. He holds a degree in economics from Wesleyan University.

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    Shares of Burlington Northern Santa Fe have soared by more than 15 percent since Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway completed a string of almost daily stock purchases in mid-January.

  • A group of state insurance regulators says it's working with Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway on a single "streamlined" application for licenses to sell bond insurance in all 50 states.  But even if Berkshire does get all those licenses, and it probably will, that doesn't necessarily mean Warren Buffett & Co. will be actually writing bond insurance policies in every state right away.

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    Warren Buffett's daily Burlington buys continue.  Berkshire Hathaway has bought Burlington Northern Santa Fe shares on 11 of the 12 trading days through last Tuesday, January 22.  The latest purchase is the smallest in the recent series and was made at the lowest price.

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    Berkshire Hathaway is getting a big piece of Swiss Re's insurance action as the world's largest reinsurer hooks up with Warren Buffett in what one analyst calls "an odd coupling."  The deal appears to show Buffett is confident of better times to come for reinsurers.

  • The markets are once again in turmoil.  Fears of recession in the United States and the continued fallout from the credit crunch are taking a big toll on markets around the world and the Wall Street is ready to tumble at the open following a three-day weekend.So, to help keep things in a longer-term perspective, it feels appropriate to revisit a very popular post from last summer with some timeless advice: What Would Warren Do?

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    Warren Buffett's stake in Burlington Northern Santa Fe has topped 18 percent after his Berkshire Hathaway holding company bought an additional 1.25 million shares for $96 million over the past three days. That brings its total holdings to 63,775,118 shares, or 18.2% of the freight railroad's total outstanding shares.

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    Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is once again adding to its stake in Burlington Northern Santa Fe after taking a break for the last few months. A filing with the SEC minutes ago reveals purchases of Burlington stock today, yesterday and Tuesday. Earlier today, Berkshire disclosed a small purchase on Monday. So, every day of the week so far, Buffett has bought some Burlington. They are the first disclosed purchases since a string of buys that began last spring and ended in October.

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    While I promise not to get into the business of writing about the daily ups and downs of Berkshire Hathaway's stock, I do think it's worth briefly noting that shares of Warren Buffett's holding company had a great day, in stark contrast to Wall Street's great gloom.

  • Just weeks after closing at an all-time high in mid-December, shares of Warren Buffett's holding company Berkshire Hathaway are falling deeper into 'correction' territory.  Berkshire ended today's trading at $126,400 each.  That's down more than 15 percent from the December 10 record closing high of $149,200. Is Berkshire now a bargain?

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    Warren Buffett's stake in Burlington Northern Santa Fe is approaching 18 percent after Berkshire Hathaway paid close to $74 million for nearly a million shares on Monday and Tuesday of this week.