Why Buffett bought BNSF and did stock split?

(Source: lsnhs.leesummit.k12.mo.us) I can think of a few reasons: 1) He sees value in BNSF; 2) He want to use some cash so that his successor won’t have too much cash to squander (this is legit considering his age, and a lot of times people make mistake when they are rich); 3) Last but most […]

Random thoughts on Berkshire annual meeting weekend

(Update 04May09) Buffett CNBC interview. (Monday Becky Quick) I did not go to the Berkshire annual shareholder meeting, partly because of the recession (cost cutting), partly because I sold the stock recently (note: one does not have to buy stock to get the admission ticket, they sell it at $5 on eBay). There are live […]

This “Wang Yang Bu Lao thing” on credit rating

(Update) Big bro started to act now. (Original) We all know the stock rating game: I mean those “buy”, “hold” and “sell” rating usually issued by sell side (brokeage) analysts. They are mostly not objective, because at the end of the day the dealers want to sell you more stocks, regardless they are good or […]

Buffett on NBR (PBS)

Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A; BRK.B) has not done well lately. Nonetheless, Nightly Business Report (PBS) interviewed Buffett. The topic ranges from new administration, recession and investing. The interview is about 30 minutes long. Interestingly Susie Gharib tried to ask particular investment advice, Buffett declined politely.

Berkshire BRK.B unusual volume

Berkshire B share (NYSE: BRK.B) traded heavily May 30 Friday. (Full size picture here) May be Bill Gates is selling on behalf of Gates foundation (USAToday article)? As you may know in 2006 Buffett donated large number of shares to Gates fundation (NYTimes article). I was wondering who is buying BRK.B on Friday? I know […]

Bet against Buffett?

It seems there is lots of confusion about Berkshire (NYSE:BRK.A, BRK.B) options (paper) loss in its Q1 earning report, especially among individual investors. First, let me quote Buffett’s take on those options in his recent annual shareholder letter (link to letters): “The second category of contracts involves various put options we have sold on four […]