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Warren Buffett does not like to lose money in general, so losing $1 billion before lunch on a Monday morning can not be going down well.

The plunge in IBM shares Monday after its weak earnings results cost the Oracle of Omaha dearly. The stock fell $13.06, and Buffett held about 70.2 million shares as of June 30, according to the most recent SEC filings.

That means the sharp decline cost him $916.5 million—a drop in the Berkshire Hathaway bucket, to be sure, but still noteworthy. (At IBM's lows of the day, he was down as much as $1.08 billion).

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In April, after a prior weak earnings report, Buffett told CNBC he had not "soured" on IBM, that he had bought more stock this year and that he had not sold a share.

The stock was recently the third-largest holding in Buffett's portfolio, trailing only Wells Fargo and Coca-Cola.

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty dismissed talk of the tech company splitting up, despite its large size, Monday's earnings miss and the recent fad for tech companies to split in two.

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"There is no doubt that marketplace speed has increased," she said in a CNBC interview. "We have a very clear strategy about how to take this company to the future."