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Monday, January 28, 2008

CNBC: Warren Buffett Keeps Chugging With Daily Burlington Northern Buys

Burlington Northern train

Warren Buffett's daily Burlington buys continue.

Berkshire Hathaway has bought Burlington Northern Santa Fe shares on 11 of the 12 trading days through last Tuesday, January 22.

Berkshire may have bought even more yesterday or today but there is sometimes a lag of one to two days between a purchase and its disclosure.

According to a filing with the SEC tonight, Berkshire picked up 10,300 shares on Tuesday, its smallest daily purchase in the recent series.

The price, $75.51, is also the lowest it has paid. Berkshire owns 18.2 percent of the freight railroad's outstanding shares.


Berkshire Hathaway's Burlington Northern Buys This Month
DateShares AcquiredPrice/ShareTotal Price
Monday, January 729,600$76.55$2,265,880
Tuesday, January 8240,000$77.89$18,693,600
Wednesday, January 9435,700$77.12$33,601,184
Thursday, January 1046,100$77.78$3,585,658
Monday, January 14141,400$78.18$11,054,652
Tuesday, January 15807,400$77.69$62,726,906
Wednesday, January 1644,200$76.55$3,383,510
Thursday, January 17205,800$77.83$16,017,414
Friday, January 18996,100$76.97$76,669,817
Tuesday, January 2210,300$75.51$777,753
TOTAL2,956,600
$228,776,374

Current prices:

Burlington Northern [BNI 86.59 1.54 (+1.81%) ]

Berkshire Hathaway [US;BRK.A 111700.0 1300.00 (+1.18%) ]

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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

CNBC: Berkshire Hathaway Ends Year With Biggest Stock Gain Since 1998

Berkshire Hathaway's stock has ended 2007 with its biggest annual percentage gain since 1998.

Shares in Warren Buffett's holding company closed just a few minutes ago at $141,600. That's an increase of 28.7 percent from 2006's close of $109,990.

Berkshire shares haven't done better in any calendar year since 1998, when they soared 52.2 percent. (They then proceeded to fall 20 percent the next year.)

Berkshire Hathaway 2007 Stock Chart
Berkshire Hathaway shares are up almost 29% in 2007, their best annual performance since 1998. BRK.A hit an all-time intraday high of $151,650 on December 11.

While a nearly 30 percent gain is impressive, it's just below the average annual gain 30.4 percent for Berkshire Hathaway from 1977 to 2007. Over that same period, Berkshire shares have grown from $89 at the end of 1976 to just under $142,000 today. That's an increase of 159,001 percent.

Berkshire stock has also outperformed the S&P for the second straight year, after a string of three consecutive underperformances.

Here's the scorecard. The years in which Berkshire beat the S&P are highlighted in blue.

Berkshire Hathaway Stock vs. S&P 500 Index
Annual Gains
YearBRK.A CloseBRK Pct. ChangeS&P CloseS&P Pct. Change
2007141,600+28.7%1468.36+3.5%
2006109,990+24.1%1418.30+13.6%
200588,620+0.8%1248.29+3.0%
200487,900+4.3%1211.92+9.0%
200384,250+15.8%1111.92+26.4%
200272,750-3.8%879.82-23.4%
200175,600+6.5%1148.08-13.0%
200071,000+26.6%1320.28-10.1%
199956,100-19.9%1469.25+19.5%
199870,000+52.2%1229.23+26.7%
199746,000+34.9%970.43+31.0%
199634,100+6.2%740.74+20.3%
199532,100+57.4%615.93+34.1%
199420,400+25.0%459.27-1.5%
199316,325+38.9%466.45+7.1%
199211,750+29.8%435.71+4.5%
19919,050+35.6%417.09+26.3%
19906,675-23.1%330.22-5.8%
19898,675+84.6%350.67+26.3%
19884,700+59.3%277.72+12.4%
19872,950+4.6%247.08+2.0%
19862,820+14.2%242.17+14.6%
19852,470+93.7%211.28+26.3%
19841,275-2.7%167.24+1.4%
19831,310+69.0%164.93+17.3%
1982775+38.4%140.64+14.8%
1981560+31.8%122.55-9.7%
1980425+32.8%135.76+25.8%
1979320+110.5%107.94+12.3%
1978152+10.1%96.11+1.1%
1977138+55.1%95.10-11.5%
Average
+30.4%
+9.8%


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