Apple Stock Rises After Buffett Berkshire Increases Stake
U.S. stocks made up for a shaky week with a strong finish Friday as Apple led a rally in technology companies. The tech giant hit an all-time high after Warren Buffett said he had made another big investment in it. Stocks had a mixed start after trade talks between the United States and China ended with few signs of progress. The April jobs report showed that hiring continued at a solid clip and wages continued to grow at a slow pace.
Apple stock hit an all-time high on Friday after Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc disclosed it had bought 75 million more shares of the iPhone maker in the first three months of the year. Buffett’s increased stake, confirmed by a representative of the billionaire investor, pushed Apple’s shares up as much as 3.8 percent to $183.65.
Apple rose 3.9% to $183.83 after Buffett told them that his company boosted its investment in Apple to a total of more than 240 million shares. Buffett told about the purchase ahead of Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting this weekend. Berkshire Hathaway stock rose 2.1% to $195.64.
For the week, Apple jumped 13.3%. It reported solid quarterly results Tuesday, and investors were pleased and relieved by its forecast of solid iPhone sales. Apple also raised its dividend and announced a big stock repurchase.
Daniel Morgan, an investor in Apple stock, said it is “not surprising to see Buffet take a big position” in the company.
“He is an old ‘Graham and Dodd’ value investor,” said Morgan, who is a portfolio manager at Synovus Trust Company, which holds 270,415 shares in Apple.
Buffett’s commitment to Apple over the past two years has surprised many, given his historical aversion to companies associated with the technology sector.
“I think Apple was much more of a consumer products business,” Buffett had said last May in a Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholder’s meeting.
Berkshire’s initial investment in Apple was small, suggesting it was made by one of Buffett’s investment deputies. But with the latest stake purchase, it has grown to a massive 240.3 million shares worth $42.5 billion.
“If you look at Apple, I think it earns almost twice as much as the second-most-profitable company in the United States,” Buffett told the cable network, calling it an “unbelievable company.”
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Apple on Wednesday reported another blockbuster quarter in which it brought in $US61 billion in revenues powered by sales of 52.2 million I-Phone’s.
Shares of Apple are up 3.8% since the beginning of 2018.