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Warren Buffett Spends $20 Billion On Stocks

Agnus Dei Farrant |
November 7, 2011 | 6:58 p.m. PST

Executive Producer

Warren Buffett (photo courtesy of Creative Commons).
Warren Buffett (photo courtesy of Creative Commons).
Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. spent more than $20 billion on stocks in three months during the worst quarter for United States stocks since the financial crisis, CNN reported.

According to CNN, the spending spree included: $6.9 billion in U.S. stocks; $8.7 billion for specialty chemical company Lubrizol Corp.; and $5 billion in preferred shares and warrants of Bank of America.

The recent purchases add to his portfolio that leans toward consumer products and banking.

For more than 20 years, Buffett’s portfolio has included equity stakes in Coca-Cola Co. and the nation’s No. 1 home lender, Wells Fargo & Co., Businessweek reported.

Buffett is prepping for retirement and hired money manager Todd Combs in 2010. Buffett instructed Combs to focus on equities.

“I wonder if he turned Todd Combs loose,” David Rolfe said to Businessweek. Rolfe is chief investment officer of Berkshire investor Wedgewood Partners Inc.

“I hope Buffett went to the movies one day and Combs got on the phone and went crazy with buy orders,” Rolfe said.


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