Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-B, BRK-A) and Warren Buffett have just released the latest holdings of U.S.-listed equities as of March 31, 2011 for the Q2-2011 holdings. These public stock holdings have been broken down into two groups of ‘A to L’ and ‘M to Z’ so it is more concise and clear to see the path of changes. Here are Warren Buffett’s holdings and accompanying notes on each for the group ‘A to L’ in shares. When the recent earnings came out, we did see that the equity holdings’ value at March 31 grew to over $61.8 billion from $59.8 billion as of December 31, 2010.
American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) over 151.6 million shares, SAME AS last quarter.
Bank of New York Mellon Corp. (NYSE: BK) was the same 1,793,915 shares as last quarter.
Coca Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) was still listed as right at 200 million shares, SAME AS BEFORE.
Comdisco Holdings (NASDAQ: CDCO) was roughly 1.5 million shares, SAME AS BEFORE.
ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) is roughly 29.1 million shares, slightly lower.
Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ: COST) 4,333,363 Shares, SAME AS last quarter after having lowered it before.
Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) is static at 421,800 shares; SAME AS before but lowered from 1.276 million shares originally.
Gannett Co. (NYSE: GCI) 1.74 million, SAME AS BEFORE but decreased from earlier.
General Electric Corp. (NYSE: GE) 7.777 million shares; SAME AS before but this does not include the huge preferred shares from late in 2008 that are likely to be called from Buffett later this year.
GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK) 1.51 million shares, SAME AS last quarter.
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) is not listed, but Berkshire Hathaway still has all of those warrants from its 10% preferred share investment from the recession.
Ingersoll-Rand (NYSE: IR) was kept at 636,600; SAME as last quarter but way down from prior reports.
Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) was static at just over 42.6 million shares; SAME as last quarter but well under the peak of 62 million before.
Kraft Foods (NYSE: KFT) was static at 105.21 million, SAME AS BEFORE but lower than before selling during the Cadbury purchase.
Lubrizol Corporation (NYSE: LZ) was not listed as a formal holding, but Berkshire Hathaway is trying to acquire this company despite the David Sokol issues.
What is interesting is that Berkshire Hathaway does not full reflect its full holdings. Buffett is again keeping his cards close to the vest for what he thinks will be copy-cat share buying (most likely on Combs’ new positions). This filing shows that “only” about $53.6 billion in equities are reflected here, but the most recent earnings report showed an equity value” of about $61.8 billion. It looks as though Warren Buffett was given permission to delay some of the new holdings.
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JON C. OGG