Warren Buffett To Sell Union Pacific & Norfolk Southern Stakes (UNP & NSC) ~ market folly

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Warren Buffett To Sell Union Pacific & Norfolk Southern Stakes (UNP & NSC)

Following Warren Buffett & Berkshire Hathaway's announcement of their Burlington Northern (BNI) purchase, we now see that he is set to make another round of moves in the railroad industry. As of last portfolio disclosures, Buffett owned shares in Burlington Northern, Union Pacific, and Norfolk Southern. Upon his impending acquisition of BNI, we now see that Berkshire Hathaway will sell their entire remaining 9.5 million shares of Union Pacific, a 2% stake in the company. Additionally, they will also sell their entire Norfolk Southern position of 1.9 million shares (or 1% of the company).

They will liquidate these positions between now and the impending transaction date for their BNI purchase as the news was revealed recently by Matthew K. Rose, chief executive of Burlington Northern. Buffett already owns 22.6% of BNI and will purchase the rest of the shares for $100 per share in cash and stock. In terms of other recent activity out of Buffett, we also saw that he has yet again sold shares of Moody's (MCO), his third sale this year. For more resources on Warren Buffett, check out Warren Buffet's recommended reading list, as well as the top 25 Warren Buffett quotes. Stay tuned next week as new disclosures (form 13F) will be filed with the SEC and we will update Berkshire's other portfolio activity.

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