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Berkshire Hathaway Boosts Stakes in Wells Fargo, Republic Services Inc., Iron Mountain Inc., WalMart Stores Inc., Sells Union Pacific Corp., Norfolk Southern Corp.

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Berkshire Hathaway reported its fourth quarter equity holdings after today’s market close. Apparently Warren Buffett did not find any new ideas, but he added to his holdings in Wells Fargo & Company, Republic Services Inc., Iron Mountain Inc., Walmart Stores Inc., Becton Dickinson And Company. He sold all Berkshire’s holdings in Union Pacific Corp. and Norfolk Southern Corp. during the 3-months ended 12/31/2009. Berkshire Hathaway owns 41 stocks with a total value of $57.9 billion. These are the details of the buys and sells.

For the details of Warren Buffett's stock buys and sells, go to http://www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Warren+Buffett

This is the sector weightings of his portfolio:

Consumer Goods 36.2%
Financials 32.8%
Industrials 16.3%
Consumer Services 6.6%
Health Care 3.8%
Oil & Gas 3.4%
Utilities 0.6%


These are the top 5 holdings of Warren Buffett

  1. The CocaCola Company (KO) - 200,000,000 shares, 19.68% of the total portfolio
  2. Wells Fargo & Company (WFC) - 320,088,385 shares, 14.91% of the total portfolio
  3. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. (BNI) - 76,777,029 shares, 13.07% of the total portfolio
  4. American Express Company (AXP) - 151,610,700 shares, 10.6% of the total portfolio
  5. The Procter & Gamble Company (PG) - 87,503,411 shares, 9.16% of the total portfolio


Added: Wells Fargo & Company (WFC)

Warren Buffett added to his holdings in Wells Fargo & Company by 2.15%. His purchase prices were between $25.32 and $30.46, with an estimated average price of $27.63. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.31%. His holdings were 320,088,385 shares as of 12/31/2009.

Wells Fargo & Company is a diversified financial services company providing banking, insurance, investments, mortgage and consumer finance services through stores, its Internet site and other distribution channels across North America as well as internationally. Wells Fargo & Company has a market cap of $140.04 billion; its shares were traded at around $27.39 with a P/E ratio of 15 and P/S ratio of 1.4. The dividend yield of Wells Fargo & Company stocks is 0.7%. Wells Fargo & Company had an annual average earning growth of 10.8% over the past 10 years.

Added: Republic Services Inc. (RSG)

Warren Buffett added to his holdings in Republic Services Inc. by 128.7%. His purchase prices were between $25.77 and $29.57, with an estimated average price of $27.71. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.23%. His holdings were 8,290,500 shares as of 12/31/2009.

Republic Services, Inc., is a provider of services in the domestic non-hazardous solid waste industry. Republic Services Inc. has a market cap of $10.27 billion; its shares were traded at around $27.02 with a P/E ratio of 18.4 and P/S ratio of 1.3. The dividend yield of Republic Services Inc. stocks is 2.8%. Republic Services Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 11.6% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Republic Services Inc. the business predictability rank of 5-star.

Added: Iron Mountain Inc. (IRM)

Warren Buffett added to his holdings in Iron Mountain Inc. by 107.58%. His purchase prices were between $23 and $27.5, with an estimated average price of $24.77. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.15%. His holdings were 7,000,000 shares as of 12/31/2009.

Iron Mountain Incorporated is one of the world's largest records and information management services company. Iron Mountain Inc. has a market cap of $4.56 billion; its shares were traded at around $22.4 with a P/E ratio of 25.2 and P/S ratio of 1.5. Iron Mountain Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 16.7% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Iron Mountain Inc. the business predictability rank of 5-star.

Added: Walmart Stores Inc. (WMT)

Warren Buffett added to his holdings in Walmart Stores Inc. by 3.17%. His purchase prices were between $49.06 and $54.96, with an estimated average price of $52.56. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.11%. His holdings were 39,037,142 shares as of 12/31/2009.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is the world's largest retailer. Walmart Stores Inc. has a market cap of $204.07 billion; its shares were traded at around $53.56 with a P/E ratio of 15.2 and P/S ratio of 0.5. The dividend yield of Walmart Stores Inc. stocks is 2%. Walmart Stores Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 13.3% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Walmart Stores Inc. the business predictability rank of 5-star.

Added: Becton Dickinson And Company (BDX)

Warren Buffett added to his holdings in Becton Dickinson And Company by 25%. His purchase prices were between $66.6 and $79.72, with an estimated average price of $73.09. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.04%. His holdings were 1,500,000 shares as of 12/31/2009.

Becton, Dickinson and Co. is engaged principally in the manufacture and sale of a broad line of supplies, devices and systems used by health care professionals, medical research institutions and the general public. Becton Dickinson And Company has a market cap of $18.22 billion; its shares were traded at around $76.91 with a P/E ratio of 15.3 and P/S ratio of 2.5. The dividend yield of Becton Dickinson And Company stocks is 1.9%. Becton Dickinson And Company had an annual average earning growth of 10.8% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Becton Dickinson And Company the business predictability rank of 4.5-star.

Reduced: Suntrust Banks Inc. (STI)

Warren Buffett reduced to his holdings in Suntrust Banks Inc. by 22.13%. His sale prices were between $18.89 and $23.63, with an estimated average price of $21.29. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.02%. Warren Buffett still held 2,398,206 shares as of 12/31/2009.

SunTrust Banks, Inc. is a commercial banking organization. Suntrust Banks Inc. has a market cap of $11.33 billion; its shares were traded at around $22.69 with and P/S ratio of 1.1. The dividend yield of Suntrust Banks Inc. stocks is 0.2%. Suntrust Banks Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 2.3% over the past 10 years.

Reduced: Gannett Co. Inc. (GCI)

Warren Buffett reduced to his holdings in Gannett Co. Inc. by 36.12%. His sale prices were between $9.76 and $15.63, with an estimated average price of $12.12. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.02%. Warren Buffett still held 2,202,200 shares as of 12/31/2009.

Gannett Co., Inc. is an international news and information company that publishes daily newspapers in the USA, including USA TODAY, the nation'slargest-selling daily newspaper. Gannett Co. Inc. has a market cap of $3.5 billion; its shares were traded at around $14.8 with a P/E ratio of 7.9 and P/S ratio of 0.6. The dividend yield of Gannett Co. Inc. stocks is 1.1%. Gannett Co. Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 4.9% over the past 10 years.

Reduced: Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM)

Warren Buffett reduced to his holdings in Exxon Mobil Corp. by 66.95%. His sale prices were between $66.58 and $76.47, with an estimated average price of $72.11. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.03%. Warren Buffett still held 421,800 shares as of 12/31/2009.

Exxon Mobil Corporation's principal business is energy, involving exploration for, and production of, crude oil and natural gas, manufacturing of petroleum products and transportation and sale of crudeoil, natural gas and petroleum products. Exxon Mobil Corp. has a market cap of $313.63 billion; its shares were traded at around $66.28 with a P/E ratio of 16.5 and P/S ratio of 1. The dividend yield of Exxon Mobil Corp. stocks is 2.5%. Exxon Mobil Corp. had an annual average earning growth of 16.8% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Exxon Mobil Corp. the business predictability rank of 4-star.

Reduced: Unitedhealth Group Inc. (UNH)

Warren Buffett reduced to his holdings in Unitedhealth Group Inc. by 65.44%. His sale prices were between $24.04 and $32.32, with an estimated average price of $28.33. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.04%. Warren Buffett still held 1,175,000 shares as of 12/31/2009.

UnitedHealth Group Inc. offers health care coverage and related services to help people achieve improved health and well-being through all stages of life. Unitedhealth Group Inc. has a market cap of $36.75 billion; its shares were traded at around $31.63 with a P/E ratio of 9.8 and P/S ratio of 0.4. The dividend yield of Unitedhealth Group Inc. stocks is 0.1%. Unitedhealth Group Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 30.4% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Unitedhealth Group Inc. the business predictability rank of 4-star.

Reduced: Wellpoint Inc. (WLP)

Warren Buffett reduced to his holdings in Wellpoint Inc. by 60.41%. His sale prices were between $44.72 and $60.36, with an estimated average price of $52.49. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.08%. Warren Buffett still held 1,343,820 shares as of 12/31/2009.

WellPoint, Inc. is the largest publicly traded commercial health benefits company in terms of membership in the United States. Wellpoint Inc. has a market cap of $26.79 billion; its shares were traded at around $58.46 with a P/E ratio of 9.8 and P/S ratio of 0.4. Wellpoint Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 20.8% over the past 5 years.

Reduced: Ingersollrand Company Ltd. (IR)

Warren Buffett reduced to his holdings in Ingersollrand Company Ltd. by 27.57%. His sale prices were between $29.7 and $37.23, with an estimated average price of $34.74. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.1%. Warren Buffett still held 5,636,600 shares as of 12/31/2009.

Ingersoll Rand Company is one of the providers of security and safety, climate control, industrial productivity and infrastructure products. Ingersollrand Company Ltd. has a market cap of $10.2 billion; its shares were traded at around $31.88 with a P/E ratio of 19.4 and P/S ratio of 0.8. The dividend yield of Ingersollrand Company Ltd. stocks is 0.9%. Ingersollrand Company Ltd. had an annual average earning growth of 4.6% over the past 10 years.

Reduced: Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)

Warren Buffett reduced to his holdings in Johnson & Johnson by 26.5%. His sale prices were between $58.93 and $64.96, with an estimated average price of $62.28. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.8%. Warren Buffett still held 27,132,467 shares as of 12/31/2009.

Johnson & Johnson is engaged in the manufacture and sale of a broad range of products in the health care field in many countries of the world. Johnson & Johnson has a market cap of $175.51 billion; its shares were traded at around $63.61 with a P/E ratio of 13.7 and P/S ratio of 2.8. The dividend yield of Johnson & Johnson stocks is 3.1%. Johnson & Johnson had an annual average earning growth of 12.5% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Johnson & Johnson the business predictability rank of 5-star.

Reduced: Conocophillips (COP)

Warren Buffett reduced to his holdings in Conocophillips by 34.34%. His sale prices were between $46.8 and $53.84, with an estimated average price of $51.35. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -1.14%. Warren Buffett still held 37,711,330 shares as of 12/31/2009.

ConocoPhillips is a major international integrated energy company with operations in some 49 countries. Conocophillips has a market cap of $74.07 billion; its shares were traded at around $49.92 with a P/E ratio of 13.9 and P/S ratio of 0.5. The dividend yield of Conocophillips stocks is 4%. Conocophillips had an annual average earning growth of 19% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Conocophillips the business predictability rank of 3-star.

Sold Out: Norfolk Southern Corp. (NSC)

Warren Buffett sold out his holdings in Norfolk Southern Corp.. His sale prices were between $43.26 and $54.24, with an estimated average price of $50.39.

Norfolk Southern Corp., a Virginia-based holding company, owns two major freight railroads, Norfolk Southern Railway Company and Norfolk Western Railway Company, which operates in numerous states, the District of Columbia and the Province of Ontario. Norfolk Southern Corp. has a market cap of $18.35 billion; its shares were traded at around $49.89 with a P/E ratio of 18.1 and P/S ratio of 2.3. The dividend yield of Norfolk Southern Corp. stocks is 2.7%. Norfolk Southern Corp. had an annual average earning growth of 9.7% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Norfolk Southern Corp. the business predictability rank of 3-star.

Sold Out: Union Pacific Corp. (UNP)

Warren Buffett sold out his holdings in Union Pacific Corp.. His sale prices were between $55.06 and $66.23, with an estimated average price of $62.44.

Union Pacific Corp. consists of one reportable segment, rail transportation, and the company's other product lines. Union Pacific Corp. has a market cap of $32.88 billion; its shares were traded at around $65.16 with a P/E ratio of 18.1 and P/S ratio of 2.3. The dividend yield of Union Pacific Corp. stocks is 1.7%. Union Pacific Corp. had an annual average earning growth of 1.7% over the past 10 years.


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