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Warren Buffett tells our Becky Quick, with a chuckle, that maybe he has "lost his touch" as some critics have suggested, after a 30 percent decline in Berkshire Hathaway stock over the past 12 months. But, the way he sees it, Berkshire beat the stock market, as measured by the S&P 500 index, making it not such a bad year after all. Here's Becky's report from this morning's Squawk Box, including an extensive excerpt of her on-camera conversation with Buffett over the weekend.
Warren Buffett made news at this weekend's Berkshire Hathaway meeting by giving shareholders a preview of the company's first quarter earnings results. He also discussed expected losses in some of the credit default swaps the company has written. Berkshire has just filed a transcript of those comments with the SEC. Here's exactly what he said.
Warren Buffett either dispensed "gloom" or kept his "sunny" long-term outlook at this year's Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders meeting, depending on which headline you read this morning.
A record crowd of 35,000 Berkshire Hathaway shareholders hear Warren Buffett reveal that first quarter profits will be down almost 11 percent this year. But he remains very bullish on banks in Berkshire's portfolio, especially Wells Fargo.
As today's Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting was ending, Warren Buffett revealed the company had "got a chance to buy some corporate bonds very, very cheaply a few months back."
Warren Buffett promises that Berkshire Hathaway won't be "spinning off any companies" in the future.
Warren Buffett tells shareholders today that Berkshire Hathaway is "still triple-A" in his mind, but admits he's irritated the company has lost its top credit rating from Fitch and Moody's.
Warren Buffett started the second half of today's question-and-answer session with Berkshire Hathaway shareholders by giving them a preview of next Friday's earnings report for the first quarter.
Warren Buffett told CNBC's Becky Quick today that he "applies his own stress test" to Wells Fargo and it "passes with flying colors." Here's the video clip.
Warren Buffett says there are no plans for a buyback of Berkshire Hathaway stock right now, although he did not rule out the possibility in the future.
Warren Buffett says Berkshire Hathaway would not buy most of the newspapers in the United States "at any price." He says the changing media environment now means newspapers "have the possibility of unending losses" and he does not "see anything on the horizon that causes that erosion to end."
Warren Buffett tells shareholders that "I would love to buy all of US Bancorp or I would love to buy all of Wells Fargo, if we were allowed to do it."
Warren Buffett told shareholders today that "it would be impossible" to replace Ajit Jain as the chief of Berkshire Hathaway's insurance operations.
Warren Buffett told shareholders the four candidates selected to possibly succeed him as Berkshire Hathaway's chief investment officer "did not cover themselves in glory."
Warren Buffett tells shareholders today that some of Berkshire Hathaway's derivatives contracts, those tied to the credit quality of junk bonds, will wind up losing money. He's still optimistic on those contracts tied to stock market indexes.
Warren Buffett says this morning all the candidates already identified to replace him as Berkshire Hathaway CEO already work for the company. Buffett tells Bloomberg TV, "There is no reason to go outside. All the candidates are inside." He also says he doesn't need the government's 'stress tests' to help him assess his bank holdings.
As today's Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meeting gets underway in Omaha, Buffett praises Washington.
Traders say there are a number of risks in the coming week, the biggest of which will be the results of the government's stress tests on 19 banks, now expected to be released Thursday.
Michelle Caruso-Cabrera usually can be found at the anchor desk for CNBC's Power Lunch. This weekend, however, she is on vacation with her father, mother, and younger brother. But it's not an ordinary vacation. The whole family is attending the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders meeting. This is her ongoing Omaha Journal.
As part of CNBC's coverage of tomorrow's Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders meeting, two of the afternoon programs discussed a question we've been hearing in recent months: Has Warren Buffett lost his way? And does he get a "free pass" from the media? Take a look at the video clips.