Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway shrinks Paramount stock holding

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    Berkshire Hathaway, the conglomerate run by billionaire investor Warren Buffett, offloaded about 30.4 million shares from its investment in Paramount Global.

    The fourth-quarter move, disclosed Wednesday, marked a 32% decrease from the approximately 93.7 million shares the conglomerate held at the end of the prior quarter ending Sept. 30, filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) showed.

    Berkshire Hathaway’s stake in Paramount stood at over 63.3 million shares, the Wednesday filing said. It pegged their value at $936.5 million.

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    Berkshire Hathaway shareholders walk by a video screen at the company’s annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, on May 4, 2013. (REUTERS/Rick Wilking/File Photo / Reuters Photos)

    “@WarrenBuffett’s Berkshire Hathaway massively cuts its stake in @paramountco; just yesterday @FoxBusiness reported Shari Redstone was having trouble unloading her stake in $PARA’s holding company, National Amusements, with bidders balking at her premium,” FOX Business senior correspondent Charles Gasparino posted Wednesday on X. “Having Buffett in the stock was a big selling point for $PARA; his exciting (⅓ cut) makes its sale more difficult, analysts say.”

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    Reports of National Amusements CEO Shari Redstone engaging in talks about potential deals to offload her stake first surfaced last year. There has been interest in both her stake and Paramount in recent months.

    Paramount Global

    The Paramount logo is displayed at Columbia Square along Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California, on March 9, 2023. (PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images / Getty Images)

    FOX Business reached out to Paramount and National Amusements for comment.

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    The reduction in its Paramount stake wasn’t the only change Berkshire Hathaway made in the final quarter of 2023. Some investments that saw changes included HP Inc., Apple, Chevron and Occidental Petroleum Corp, with the conglomerate selling some shares of the first two and acquiring more of the last, according to the filing.

    Warren Buffett, chairman and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

    Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview in New York on Aug. 30, 2017. (Christopher Goodney/Bloomberg via Getty Images / Getty Images)

    Berkshire Hathaway said its stakes in various companies were worth nearly $347.4 billion combined. That was nearly 11% higher than in the third quarter.

    Ticker Security Last Change Change %
    BRK.A BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INC. 606,999.90 +5,999.88 +1.00%
    BRK.B BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INC. 403.43 +5.02 +1.26%
    PARA PARAMOUNT GLOBAL 12.59 -0.60 -4.55%

    The conglomerate, which Buffett has helmed for decades, had a value of $870.18 billion on a market capitalization basis as of Thursday.

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