Warren Buffett’s holding company, Berkshire Hathaway, has just released its latest portfolio changes for the quarter ended March 31, 2012.
Here’s a summary of what he’s been buying and selling…
- Bought 3,315,500 shares of Da Vita (NYSE: DVA)
- Bought 2,651,200 shares of Directv (Nasdaq: DTV)
- Bought 489,769 shares of IBM (NYSE: IBM)
- Bought 1,298,600 shares of Liberty Media (Nasdaq: LMCA)
- Bought 10,000,000 shares of General Motors (NYSE: GM) – NEW
- Bought 1,591,670 shares of Viacom (Nasdaq: VIAB) — NEW
- Bought 7,671,000 shares of Walmart (NYSE: WMT)
- Bought 10,631,300 shares of Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC)
- Bought 3,813,551 shares of Bank of New York Mellon (NYSE: BK)
- Sold 1,538,377 shares of Comdisco (CDCO) – SOLD OUT
- Sold 3,315,500 shares of Dollar General (NYSE: DG)
- Sold 3,750,000 shares of Intel (Nasdaq: INTC)
- Sold 9,017,548 shares of Kraft (NYSE: KFT)
- Sold 3,511,900 shares of Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG)
- Sold 1,214,881 shares of Verisk Analytics (Nasdaq: VRSK)
What’s interesting is there appears to be a “secret” transaction that Buffett’s specifically withholding from the public.
This could simply mean that Buffett requested permission from the SEC to withhold one or more of his transactions last quarter, and the SEC apparently approved his request.
It’s likely Buffett is doing this because he’s concerned that news of his “secret” transaction(s) could cause a sudden run-up or sell-off in the stock(s) involved, as many investors follow his moves.
If you remember, Buffett had withheld his large IBM purchase from the public in last year’s May and August filings. Although he started buying the stock as early as March 2011, he didn’t reveal this information until November.
For all the details on the transactions that HAVE been disclosed — including access to Berkshire Hathaways’ entire portfolio of U.S.-listed stocks – click here to visit our Buffett Tracker.
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