Berkshire had taken the Dish position in the
second quarter. The regulatory filing does not disclose exactly
when in the fourth quarter that Berkshire sold its 547,312
shares in the satellite TV company. The stock jumped about 36
percent from the end of the second quarter to the end of last
The changes were disclosed in a U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission filing made public on Friday, which detailed
Berkshire equity investments as of December 31.
U.S. regulators require large investors to disclose their stock
holdings every quarter, and the disclosures can offer a window
into their strategies for buying and selling stocks.
The filing also showed a new addition of 12,631,531 shares in
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Berkshire Hathaway disclosed in the
previous quarter that it had exercised its warrant to buy shares
of Goldman Sachs.
Berkshire converted warrants in Goldman Sachs acquired during
the financial crisis.
Buffett received the warrants when his investment in Goldman was
seen as a vote of confidence in the bank, which was reeling from
turmoil in the credit market.
Calls and emails to Dish, Berkshire Hathaway and Goldman Sachs
were not returned immediately.
Berkshire owns more than 80 businesses in such areas as
insurance, railroads, utilities, chemicals and food.
(Luciana Lopez and Steven C. Johnson
in New York; additional reporting by Bangalore newsroom; editing
by Peter Galloway)
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