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Warren Buffett admits that selling Apple shares 'was probably a mistake'

Berkshire Hathaway Vice-Chairman Charlie Munger, Warren Buffett's business partner, was against selling Apple stock.

May 04, 2021 / 10:16 AM IST
FILE - In this May 5, 2019, file photo Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, smiles as he plays bridge following the annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting in Omaha, Neb. Buffett will spend Saturday afternoon fielding questions at Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting, which is being held virtually. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

FILE - In this May 5, 2019, file photo Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, smiles as he plays bridge following the annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting in Omaha, Neb. Buffett will spend Saturday afternoon fielding questions at Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting, which is being held virtually. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

He, too, can go wrong. Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett has admitted that selling shares of technology giant Apple was a mistake.

The renowned investor, often called the "Oracle of Omaha", made the remarks at the company's annual shareholders meeting on May 1, which was held virtually for the second year in a row.

"We got a chance to buy it and I sold some stock last year," he was quoted as saying by CNBC. "That was probably a mistake."

Also read: Warren Buffett warns investors not to gamble on stocks

In the fourth quarter of 2020, Berkshire lowered its Apple stake by 3.7 percent to about 944 million shares, according to CNBC.

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Buffett said Apple's stock is a "huge, huge bargain". He also said "it is indispensable to people".

Berkshire Hathaway Vice-Chairman Charlie Munger, Buffett's business partner, was against selling Apple stock.

Buffett joked that Munger had expressed his view "in his usual low-key way", Bloomberg reported.

Buffett cautioned investors against gambling on stocks. In his view, stock trading platforms that allow people to buy and sell stocks for free, such as Robinhood, are only encouraging that gambling.
Moneycontrol News
first published: May 4, 2021 10:16 am

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