Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Slashes Stake in U.S. Bancorp

Warren Buffett's holding company continued to lower its exposure to financial stocks, more than halving its stake in USB.

Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway
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Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B, $303.20) cut its stake in longtime holding U.S. Bancorp (USB, $44.87) by more than half.

Buffett, who serves as Berkshire Hathaway's chairman and CEO, has been slashing his holding company's exposure to financial stocks – and bank stocks in particular – for years. And although the U.S. Bancorp position hasn't been immune to some recent downsizing in the Berkshire Hathaway equity portfolio, Buffett has left it mostly intact.

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