Berkshire Hathaway Discloses Increased Stake in Apple

Assuming Berkshire has not sold its stake, Apple's 16.6 percent stock price gain this year would leave it with a $1.1 billion paper profit in 2017 alone, according to Reuters.

Legendary investor Warren Buffett, through his Berkshire Hathaway firm, has almost quadrupled the company's stake in Apple's stock through a shopping binge during the final three months of 2016, according to a regulatory filing. The big investment is already looking like a shrewd move.

The share price of the company (NYSE:BRK-A) was up +0.84%, with a high of 250440.00 during the day and the volume of Berkshire Hathaway shares traded was 388. The purchase gained a good deal of attention at the time.

Everyone is aware of the aversion that Buffett had for technological stocks.

Apple shares have climbed 42 percent in the last 12 months and notched a new all-time record of US$133.29 on Tuesday.

The larger stake now makes Berkshire one of the top 10 largest investors in Apple.

Buffett has said his company picked up shares of Southwest for the first time last quarter, and Tuesday's filing revealed Berkshire now owns about 43 million shares. Some see it as the influence of Ted Weschler and Todd Combs both of whom are the probable choices for Berkshire's chief investment officer after Buffett.

Whenever Buffett buys any particular stock, it emboldens others too to go for it. Still, Apple does have some of the attributes Buffett has said he likes: It's a leader in its market, and it has a ton of cash at its disposal ($246 billion in cash and securities as of the end of 2016). The firm's total stake in the iPhone maker stood at approximately $6.6 billion as of December 31.

Shares of Apple closed on Tuesday up United States dollars 1.73 at USD 135.02, also a record closing high.

Goldman Sachs raised its 12-month price target to $150 from $133 for Apple, accompanied with a "buy" rating. Apple sold 5% fewer iPhones year-over-year during the three months that ended in September, the final quarter of its 2016 fiscal year. EPS growth in next five years is projected to arrive at 8.80%. The company has also been profitable of late after many years of losses: Most recently, Sirius reported positive quarterly earnings two weeks ago, posting revenue of $1.3 billion and earnings of $0.04 per share, which beat analysts' estimates.



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