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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    During the first stop of his Asian mini-tour, Warren Buffett told reporters that he doubts he'll find a new investment in China right now to replace his recently sold PetroChina stake because stock prices have gone up so dramatically in recent months.

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    Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway cut back on its holdings in two railroads during the second quarter of this year.  Even as Berkshire was increasing its stake in Burlington Northern, it was cutting back on two other railroads: Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific.

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    Don't count out Warren Buffett. Even as he enters his 78th year, the Buffett style of investing remains as relevant and successful as ever. In keeping with the year-end tradition of journalists everywhere, it's time to look back at 2007: The Year in Warren.   Here, in reverse order, are #10 through #6 of the top 10 trends and events of the year, as reported here on Warren Buffett Watch.

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    This is a transcript and video clip of the second part of Warren Buffett's live interview this morning on Squawk on the Street with CNBC's Becky Quick.  In this section, Buffett talks about the super-SIV proposal, the Bush administration's plan to encourage lenders to freeze some variable mortgage rates and about why he supports Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for president.

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    Berkshire Hathaway shares closed down 4.6 percent today (Monday) at $136,400 after a cover story in Barron's over the weekend recommended, "Sell Buffett: Sorry, Warren, Your Stock's Too Pricey." That erased just over $7 billion in Berkshire's market value in one day.  Buffett-bulls, however, see a buying opportunity in today's decline.

  • In a "First on CNBC" telephone interview just minutes ago, Warren Buffett told the Squawk Box team that while he been approached, sometimes indirectly, by financial companies offering to sell stakes, he hasn't seen anything he likes, at least so far.    He indicated he still sees lots of problems among many banks that could take several years to work through, but didn't rule out doing any deals over the next six months.  "We're looking everywhere but Antarctica."

  • Berkshire Hathaway's rapid deal to buy 60 percent of Marmon Holdings from Chicago's wealthy Pritzker family is a textbook Warren Buffett deal in a number of ways.   It involves basic, industrial businesses, came together very quickly without a lot of study and negotiations, and is with people he instinctively likes.

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    Fast Money's Jeff Macke strongly rejects Barron's weekend call to "Sell Buffett" because it could be "dead money for at least a year." The stock suffered its biggest drop today in three years on the heels of that article.  Macke says don't listen to Barron's.

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    Warren Buffett became one of the wealthiest people in the world by making predictions and putting money behind them. Every time he buys a stock, he's forecasting the future.  Judging by the incredible returns of his holding company Berkshire Hathaway, Buffett and his colleagues are very good at making those predictions. Of course, it helps when you can give your predictions plenty of time to come true.  With that in mind, here's what you need to know for 2008, and 2009, and 2010 ...

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    This is a transcript and video clip of the first part of Warren Buffett's live interview this morning on Squawk on the Street with CNBC's Becky Quick, in which he talks about the Federal Reserve, the U.S. dollar, the economy, and how his retail businesses are doing this holiday season.   A transcript from the rest of the interview will also be posted here on Warren Buffett Watch.