Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway builds new $4.2bn HP stake
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Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway builds new $4.2bn HP stake

Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway builds new $4.2bn HP stake

Shares of the laptop maker surged as much as 10 per cent

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway bought a stake in HP valued at more than $4.2bn. Shares of the laptop maker surged as much as 10 per cent.

Berkshire bought some of the stock earlier this week in multiple transactions and now holds an investment of about 121 million shares in the computer company, according to a regulatory filing on Wednesday.

Berkshire has increasingly been finding ways to put its money to work, helped in part by volatility that dragged the S&P 500 Index down nearly 6 per cent so far this year. Buffett’s company spent some time in March buying up shares in Occidental Petroleum Corp., building a stake that now ranks among Berkshire’s top 10 common-stock bets.

HP stock rallied last year, gaining 53 per cent in 2021, but had fallen 7.3 per cent since the beginning of the year through Wednesday’s close.

Berkshire, which had historically shied away from some technology investments, has leaned further into that sector in recent years and built up a stake in Apple that was valued at more than $161bn at the end of 2021.

HP, a maker of printers and computers, surged as high as $38.38 in extended New York trading after the filing. An HP spokesperson didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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