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Warren Buffett is #5 on the just-released Vanity Fair 100 list, the magazine's annual "power ranking." That's up one slot from last year's #6 ranking, dislodging his good friend Bill Gates. The ranking appears in the new October issue which features, inexplicably, Nicole Kidman on the cover rather than Mr. Buffett. (What were the editors thinking!)
At TheStreet.com's Stockpickr, James Altucher singles out some stocks that have two things going for them. First, they have big stock buybacks underway .. and second, they're already in Warren Buffett's portfolio.
It's becoming increasingly apparent that Warren Buffett is in the process of putting a big bet on the Burlington Northern freight railroad. In an SEC filing late tonight, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway indicates it plans to raise its stake to 17% and it has told Burlington its stake could hit 25%.
An excellent source, Janet Tavakoli, who knows more about the credit markets and asset-backed securities than I ever ever want to, sent me the following note over the holiday weekend. I consider it worth sharing, despite its conclusion, with which some may disagree. Not my place to take a side, but I do think, on the blog, opinions, especially from someone of her caliber, are worth sharing...
Stocks closed broadly lower as already jittery investors expressed disappointment that the latest Fed minutes showed policymakers were reluctant to cut interest rates. "The comments from the Fed not indicating that a rate cut was imminent and further deterioration in the financial sector -- all of this combined and we're down substantially here," said Brian Schaeffer, an NYSE floor specialist at Van der Moolen.
Warren Buffett's Burlington Northern has bought more shares in the freight railroad Burlington Northern, the fourth round of buying this month.
Warren Buffett Watch celebrates Mr. Buffett's 77th birthday today.
It's the day after all the reports of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hatahway buying some 10.1 million shares of Burlington Northern. CNBC's Becky Quick led the on-air discussion of what the 'Oracle of Omaha' may be up to. Take a listen if you will. (BRK now owns 14.8% of BNI.)
Warren Buffett's company has bought 10.1 million shares of Burlington Northern Santa Fe since Thursday, increasing the legendary investor's stake in the nation's No. 2 railroad to nearly 14.8%.
It's finally happening: analysts are lowering estimates on investment banks, just a few days before the quarter closes for many of them. Merrill Lynch's Guy Moszkowski downgrades Bear Stearns, Lehman Bros. because of their greater dependence on debt markets; they note that Merrill and Morgan Stanley are more diversified.
For the third time this month, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway holding company has reported boosting its stake in the freight railroad Burlington Northern, more evidence that Mr. Buffett sees the stock as undervalued. And this third round of purchases is much bigger than the previous two.
With the stock market booming and wealth in America exploding, more of the rich and super-rich are giving big bucks to charitable causes.
Peter Buffett has a new CD of songs from his heart, a billion-dollar foundation working to avoid what he calls "philanthropic colonialism," and an invaluable life lesson from a very famous father named Warren that's brought wisdom, if not great wealth. PLUS Free MP3 download of the song Reminder from Peter Buffett's Staring at the Sun.
Countrywide shares are cooling substantially today, after jumping 10% yesterday on the Wall Street Journal's speculation that the troubled mortgage company could be looking very attractive to Warren Buffett. Today, there are conflicting opinions on whether that speculation will turn into reality.
CNBC's Becky Quick wrap up a busy day for Warren Buffett Watch, reporting on her conversation with Mr. Buffett in which he called speculation he might be buying parts of Countrywide "speculation." PLUS Forbes reports that some of Buffett's longtime fans may be losing the faith.
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has just revealed its portfolio holdings for the second quarter. New additions: Bank of America and Dow Jones, plus increased stakes in some healthcare names.
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has just revealed its portfolio holdings as of the end of the second quarter in a filing with the SEC.This is a summary of the changes in his portfolio between the end of the first quarter on March 31 and the end of the second quarter on June 30.
CNBC's Becky Quick spoke by telephone with Warren Buffett this morning. Mr. Buffett tells Becky that all the speculation (specifically today's Wall Street Journal piece) about what he might be buying in these times of turmoil is just that, speculation. PLUS: A video clip of the Motley Fool's Bill Mann on all that speculation and an interview with Buffett-watcher Andrew Kilpatrick.
With asset prices falling and the markets in turmoil, there's been lots of speculation that this could very well be Warren Buffett's 'opportunity time' as the "last buyer standing." Today, the Wall Street Journal focuses on Buffett's potential opportunities. He tells the Journal, "I can spend money faster than Imelda Marcos when things are right" .. but when it comes to specifics it's up to everyone else to just keep guessing.
In a filing with the SEC late today (Friday) reported first by CNBC, Berkshire Hathaway reveals that as the stock price of Burlington Northern fell in recent days, Warren Buffett was adding to his stake in the freight railroad. PLUS More on how Buffett is keeping his 'neutrality' as the great Hillary-Obama battle warms up.