Warren Buffett Watch


  Wednesday, 1 Aug 2007 | 12:33 AM ET

Buffett Basics for Troubled Times

Posted By: Alex Crippen
Wall Street suffers one of its worst weeks in years. A "credit crunch" makes it harder to sell debt. A few hedge funds go bust, with fears there could be more. In troubled times, what could be better than a solid dose of "Buffett Basics?" »Read more
  Friday, 27 Jul 2007 | 6:15 PM ET

Buffett Slightly Reduces Controversial PetroChina Stake

Posted By: Alex Crippen
Just one day after a Wall Street Journal report that Warren Buffett is buying shares of Kraft Foods, we get word today that he's sold a small slice of his stake in PetroChina, the big Chinese oil company. The AP reports there's "no indication whether he was responding to demands by activists to cut his ties to the company due to its investments in Sudan." But the very small size of the sale, about 17 million shares worth just $27 million, would appear to make it a slight adjustment rather than any kind of message. »Read more
  Monday, 30 Jul 2007 | 2:11 PM ET

Warren Buffett: Confidence in Kraft?

Posted By: Alex Crippen
In what may be a "vote of confidence" in Kraft Foods' turnaround strategy, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has acquired a "small stake" in the company, according to the Wall Street Journal. The paper quotes a "person familiar with Berkshire's share purchase" as saying it represents less than 5% of Kraft's $55 billion market capitalization. »Read more
  Wednesday, 25 Jul 2007 | 10:21 AM ET

Bond Billionaire Backs Buffett

Posted By: Alex Crippen
One of the most respected investors in the world of bonds is going on record supporting higher taxes for the nation's super-wealthy, echoing Warren Buffett's controversial call to 'Tax the Rich.' In his most recent market letter, Pimco's Bill Gross comes out strongly in favor of raising taxes on the super-rich to "rectify today’s imbalances."   »Read more
  Thursday, 19 Jul 2007 | 12:33 PM ET

History Lesson: Warren Buffett's 'Crazy' Coca-Cola Bargain Buy

Posted By: Alex Crippen
There's a long tradition on Wall Street of asking whether Warren Buffett has peaked. During the Nasdaq run-up around Y2K, he was called "extinct" for staying out of tech stocks because he didn't understand how they made money. Even now, you see references to him possibly losing his "edge."  Flashback to 1988, when Buffett bought a lot of Coca-Cola stock, even after it had gained almost 20% a year for eight years.  Wall Street thought he was "crazy."  There are valuable lessons to be learned by looking back to see why he wasn't. »Read more
  Tuesday, 17 Jul 2007 | 1:42 PM ET

Is Hovnanian a Buffett-Style Bargain?

Posted By: Alex Crippen
Hovnanian shares have come down from their high of almost $19 Friday, after getting a late-week boost from lots of speculation Warren Buffett might be interested in buying the beaten-back homebuilder as a value play. Sham Gad, a fan of Buffett's, writes on Motley Fool today that while he has no idea if Buffett really is interested in Hovnanian, it's still worthwhile to do your own Buffett-style analysis to see if the supposed target might be a good buy. »Read more
  Monday, 16 Jul 2007 | 5:20 PM ET

Buffett on BizWeek's 'Big Brain' Top 10 List

Posted By: Alex Crippen
Business Week has just released its list of the "biggest brains" in investing .. and no surprise .. Warren Buffett makes the cut. (I think we all would have been surprised if he hadn't.)  What can Buffett and the rest of the top 10 teach the rest of us? »Read more
  Friday, 13 Jul 2007 | 4:51 PM ET

Buffett's Not-So-Tough Choice: Barack or Hillary?

Posted By: Alex Crippen
Warren Buffett's political life is getting more attention. Today, the Associated Press has a piece on how he "may have to apply his legendary stock-picking skills" in the race for the White House. As was pointed out when he hosted a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton, Buffett hasn't rushed to make an endorsement, praising both Clinton and Barack Obama as excellent Presidential material. He's even talked up a potential Michael Bloomberg-Arnold Schwarzenegger ticket: "That would be one hell of a team, wouldn't it?" »Read more
  Friday, 13 Jul 2007 | 4:38 PM ET

Hovnanian Soars Almost 12% Amid 'Slow Friday in July' Rumor Buffett is Buying

Posted By: Alex Crippen
Shares of the beleaguered home builder Hovnanian are up sharply today amid rumors that Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is buying a stake in the company. Optionmonster.com founder and frequent Fast Money player Jon Najarian is quoted as saying, "There is talk that Warren Buffett is buying a stake in Hovnanian."  But our own Bob Pisani at the NYSE points out that one would expect to hear this kind of rumor on a slow Friday in July. »Read more
  Wednesday, 11 Jul 2007 | 5:24 PM ET

"Freeloading" Buffett in Sun Valley: The Video

Posted By: Alex Crippen
The video promised in my previous post of a self-proclaimed "freeloading" Warren Buffett speaking with our own Julia Boorstin at the Sun Valley media conference has arrived. Take a look. »Read more

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