13 Stocks Warren Buffett Is Selling (And 5 He's Buying)

Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett and his team hacked away at numerous positions in Q1 2021 but found only a few stocks worth buying.

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Warren Buffett did a lot more selling than buying during the first quarter of 2021 – a period in which markets set record highs seemingly every other week.

The chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) pared back or completely exited stakes in financial and energy stocks, trimmed the company's holdings in the pharmaceutical sector, and started only one new position that, fittingly, was in the insurance industry.


Current price and holdings data is as of May 17. Sources: Berkshire Hathaway's SEC Form 13F filed May 17, 2021, for the reporting period ended March 31, 2021; and WhaleWisdom.

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Dan Burrows
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