Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway sold a net $4 billion of stock and slowed buybacks in the 1st quarter

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Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway sold stocks and reduced buybacks last quarter.
The famed investor’s company cashed out a net $3.9 billion of equities.
Berkshire also bought back $6.6 billion of stock, down from about $9 billion last quarter.
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Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway was a net seller of stocks and reduced its share buybacks last quarter, suggesting the famed investor struggled to find bargains as markets flirted with record highs.

The billionaire’s conglomerate owns businesses such as Geico and See’s Candies, as well as multibillion-dollar stakes in Apple, Coca-Cola, and other public companies. Its first-quarter earnings on Saturday showed that revenue rose 5% year-on-year to about $64.6 billion in the three months to March 31, driving operating earnings up 20% to $7 billion.

Berkshire sold a net $3.9 billion in equities last quarter, suggesting it trimmed its stock portfolio. The company will disclose its US stock holdings as of March 31 in a SEC filing later this month.

Buffett’s company spent $6.6 billion on share buybacks in the period, down from about $9 billion in both the third and fourth quarters of 2020. It also tapered the rate of purchases significantly between January and March as the prices of its two share classes rose.

Berkshire held $145 billion in cash and short-term investments at the end of March. Buffett has been roundly criticized for not deploying more of his war chest, and failing to bag the “elephant-sized” acquisition he’s been hunting for several years now.

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