Stocks retreated Wednesday, after soaring to fresh 15-month highs a day earlier, as some disappointing earnings and the dollar's gains clipped the market's momentum.
Berkshire Hathaway shareholders have approved the company's proposed 50-for-one stock split of its Class B shares. About 150 people gathered in Omaha for the special shareholders meeting, with most holders voting by proxy. The outcome was never in doubt.
Warren Buffett was interviewed live this morning (Wednesday) on CNBC's Squawk Box, ahead of a special Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting to approve the company's proposed Class B stock split. This is the first part of an unofficial transcript of the entire one-hour interview conducted by Becky Quick. In this section, Buffett criticizes President Obama's proposed tax on banks.
Warren Buffett tells CNBC in a live interview on Squawk Box this morning that he has "a lot of doubts" about Kraft's planned purchase of Cadbury and that he "feels poorer" in the wake of the deal. The deal does not need to be approved by shareholders, but "If I had a chance to vote on this, I'd vote no." But he rejected Joe Kernen's suggestion that he show his displeasure by selling Berkshire's stake of over 9 percent in Kraft. That, he says, would be too expensive because Kraft's stock is still "undervalued."
Stock index futures were lower Wednesday, indicating a pullback following the biggest gains for stocks since Jan. 4.
After years of opposing any split for Berkshire Hathaway's famously high-priced stock, shareholders meet tomorrow in Omaha to approve a 50-for-1 split for its Class B shares. The move is being justified as a way to make it easier for BNSF shareholders to receive tax-free stock instead of cash when the railroad is acquired by Berkshire. But some believe Buffett wouldn't mind if the split also clears the way for Berkshire's induction into the prestigious S&P 500 stock index.
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Stocks rose to fresh 15-month highs Tuesday, led by health-care stocks as a key Senate-seat vote in Massachusetts today could change the course of health-care reform. Citigroup bounced back after an initial dip on disappointing results.
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway won't be able to make good on its threat to vote against Kraft's agreement to buy Cadbury, even though Kraft had to raise its bid again to nearly $19 billion to close the deal. Due to the way it is structured, Kraft shareholders won't need to approve the issuance of new shares. Buffett, however, may have something to say about the matter when he's interviewed live tomorrow morning on CNBC's Squawk Box.
Stocks rallied Tuesday, led by health-care stocks as a key Senate-seat vote in Massachusetts today could change the course of health-care reform. Citigroup bounced back after an initial dip on disappointing results.
Stocks pushed higher, buoyed by gains in drug and chip stocks. Citigroup bounced back after an initial dip on disappointing results.
Wall Street investors returned from a long weekend undecided about how to trade, with stock index futures pointing to little change at the open. But earnings from Citigroup could dictate direction from the opening bell.
Warren Buffett has a decision to make, now that Kraft is close to a friendly deal to acquire Cadbury for a sweetened bid of $19 billion, including a larger cash portion. Berkshire, Kraft's largest shareholder, had signaled it was against a higher bid, but also warned Kraft against using too much of its "undervalued" stock for a purchase.
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway will take on some risk that a cautious Swiss Re doesn't want right now, in a deal strengthening ties between the two companies.
Try as they might to put on a brave face, Kraft management cannot be pleased that Warren Buffett chose to go public with his opposition to the company’s plan to issue up to 370 million shares to facilitate the purchase of Cadbury.
In an unprecendented move, Berkshire Hathaway is publicly, and strongly, criticizing Kraft Foods for its continuing efforts to acquire Cadbury. Berkshire says in a news release this morning that it has voted against Kraft's proposal to authorize the issuance of up to 370 million shares to facilitate a deal, and urges other shareholders to follow its lead.
A colorful 8-page brochure is being mailed by Burlington Northern Santa Fe spacer to its shareholders, urging them to vote for the freight railroad's proposed acquisition by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway.
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