We don't know for sure why Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has been reducing its stake in PetroChina, but he's been selling more shares than you might have thought. One group that's been urging Buffett to divest as a protest against China's "funding of the genocide in Darfur" thinks there's a message in the "steady series" of sales.
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has sold some more of its stake in PetroChina. The question is: Is Buffett selling for the profits or to make a statement against China's human-rights record in Darfur?
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.
The Save Darfur Coalition has turned its attention to Berkshire Hathaway and Fidelity Investments in the struggle to end the strife in Sudan -- whose government was accused of committing genocide by the Bush Adminstration and the European Parliament. The coalition's executive director, David Rubenstein, joined "Power Lunch" to tell why investment companies may accomplish more than politicians in the pursuit of justice.