Berkshire Hathaway deploys $9bn of cash into buying own stock in Q3

Total purchases of $16bn in first nine months of 2020

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Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has bought back around $9bn of its own stock in the third quarter of this year as the veteran investor sought to deploy the firm's mounting cash pile.

In its operating results for the third quarter and first nine months of 2020, the company said this took total purchases in the first nine months of 2020 to $16bn and that there were 1,570,636 Class A equivalent shares outstanding on 30 September 2020. As a result the amount of assets held in cash fell to $145.7bn, according to Bloomberg, as Berkshire stock rose 20% in the third quarter, exceeding the S&P 500 index's 8.5% gain during the same period. At the start of 2020, Investment Week reported that Berkshire Hathaway suffered its worst performance in a decade relative to the wider ...

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