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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Warren Buffett Sells Moody’s Stock

Buffett's favorite holding period for stock may be "forever" but that doesn't mean he never sells. Today Reuters reported Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA Charts and Quote) sold Moody's Corp. stock (MCO) for the sixth time since July.
Dec. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. cut its stake in Moody’s Corp. for the sixth time since July after the ratings company was hit by profit declines, lawsuits and criticism from regulators.

Berkshire sold 87,992 shares on Dec. 18 for $26.77 apiece and remains Moody’s biggest shareholder, according to a regulatory filing yesterday. Omaha, Nebraska-based Berkshire’s stake is down about 34 percent from the 48 million shares it owned at the end of June.
Remember that Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings were blindsided by the financial meltdown when all three firms gave top grades to U.S. subprime mortgage bonds that caused the financial crisis.
Our Favorite holding period is forever.”
-Warren Buffett
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