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Major Changes Seen in Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway Stock Holdings

Sanofi (NYSE: SNY) was the same position at 3.905 million shares.

Suncor Energy Inc. (NYSE: SU) appears to be a larger stake of 30 million shares in September, but this was previously static at 22.35 million shares. Suncor’s stake had increased in late 2014 and it had grown each quarter from the 13 million shares in March of 2014.

Torchmark Corp. (NYSE: TMK) was the same stake at 6.35 million shares.

Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. (NASDAQ: FOXA) was a larger stake of 8.951 million shares. In June it was same stake at 6.228 million shares, but that was a larger stake than the 4.747 million shares at the end of 2014.

U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB) was the same position of 85.06 million shares at the end of September, but that was raised in June from the 83.77 million shares at the end of March. That has grown from 80.09 million shares at the end of 2014.

USG Corp. (NYSE: USG) was the same stake at just over 39 million shares, but this had been raised prior to the end of 2014.

United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS) was the same tiny position at 59,400 shares, but this is way down from 2012.

VeriSign Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN) was the same stake at 12.985 million shares, but this one previously had grown in 2014.

Verisk Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSK) was the same position at 1,563,434 shares, but that is lower than in prior quarters.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) was the same stake at 15 million shares, but that had been raised three quarters ago.

Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA) was eliminated as a stake by the end of September. The trend had been lower at 5.65 million shares in June, versus 8.265 million shares in March and 8.634 million shares at the end of 2014. The Viacom stake previously had been rising in 2014 and in 2013.

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) was the same stake of 9.885 million shares. This stake had been rising throughout 2014.

WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) is slightly lower again at 3.559 million shares at the end of September. This was previously 3.78 million shares, down from 3.863 million shares and down from 4.076 million shares before then.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) was a lower stake of 56.185 million shares at the end of September. That is versus 60.385 million shares at the end of June, but this Wal-Mart stake had been raised prior to this year.

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As a reminder, Buffett told CNBC that his sales in Goldman Sachs and Wal-Mart were tied to raising cash for the pending Precision Castparts acquisition. There also had been concern over the quarter about a drop in rail traffic hurting Berkshire Hathaway. Additional Berkshire and Buffett takes from recent weeks was as follows: