In what appears to be a bet consumers will stick with discount retailers even after the economy rebounds, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway increased its Wal-Mart holdings by almost 90 percent during the summer. It added almost 18 million shares, currently worth almost $1 billion, in the third quarter.
Just minutes after this morning's announcement that Berkshire Hathaway is paying $26 billion to acquire the 77 percent of Burlington Northern Santa Fe it doesn't already own, Warren Buffett spoke live by phone with Becky Quick and Joe Kernen on CNBC's Squawk Box. This is the complete transcript of their conversation.
Stocks tumbled Friday, giving back all of the gains from the prior session, as worries about the recovery escalated after a pair of reports on the consumer and as the dollar rallied. The Dow shed 250 points, or 2.5 percent, but finished flat for the month.
Stocks tumbled Friday, giving back all of the gains from the prior session, as worries about the recovery escalated after a pair of reports on the consumer.
These days in the newspaper industry, you can't expect positive news to come from an ad increase - the only upside is when cost-cutting works.
Stocks opened lower Friday after reports showed consumer sentiment and spending have declined.
Futures indicated a lower open for Wall Street on Friday, the last trading day of October, after the Dow experienced its best day in 3 months Thursday after GDP data showed the world's biggest economy exited recession in the third quarter.
The much-anticipated deal has been done: McGraw Hill announced Tuesday afternoon that it will sell the 80-year-old weekly magazine to Bloomberg.
The big question looming over the newspaper and publishing business, is how to get consumers to pay for content online.
Now that The Washington Post Co. has ended its long-standing partnership with the Los Angeles Times it's launching a new service with Bloomberg News, honing in on its expertise with political and economic news.
This week all eyes are on Gannett; its stock has been flying higher, up more than 500 percent excluding dividends since hitting a low of $1.95 in March.
Google, long seen as an enemy by many in the news industry, is making a bold attempt to be seen as a friend with a new service it hopes will make it easier for readers to read newspaper and magazine articles.
Dow Jones is reportedly shopping around its stock market indexes, working with Goldman Sachs to investigate finding a joint venture or a flat-out buyer.
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway was doing more selling than buying of stocks during the second quarter, but there is one new holding: New Jersey-based medical technology company Becton Dickinson. Berkshire also added to its stake in Johnson & Johnson, although the holdings are still well below where they were before Buffett sold over 33 million shares last fall.
The Washington Post Company reported that its quarterly earnings swung to a profit from a loss a year ago, but don't take that as an indication that newspapers are rebounding. The print journalism business is still suffering from the industry-wide downturn in advertising. It's also falling prey to a shift of newspaper readers from the paper to online, where they yield much less advertising revenue and for the most part, no subscription revenue.
Even though Warren Buffett always says he likes stocks more when they're cheaper, he didn't do a lot of buying as Wall Street's major indexes fell to their bear-market lows (so far) in early March. Berkshire Hathaway's first quarter stock portfolio snapshot shows no blockbuster buys. A few stakes did, however, get bigger during the first three months on the year.
Complete transcript and video of Warren Buffett's live appearance on CNBC's Squawk Box this morning (Monday). He tells Becky Quick the U.S. economy is "very slow" and "getting slower" but he remains optimistic the economy will turn around eventually.
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."
Some media executives are growing concerned that the increasingly popular curators of the Web that are taking large pieces of the original work — a practice sometimes called scraping — are shaving away potential readers and profiting from the content, the New York Times reports.
Newspaper industry headlines just keep getting worse and worse. Over the weekend two more newspaper companies filed for bankruptcy and this week the downward spiral continues