Berkshire Hathaway now owns 26.8% of Occidental Petroleum, according to a regulatory report Friday night. It came exactly one month after Warren Buffett announced that its stake in OXY had reached 20.2%. Crossing the 20% ownership level means Berkshire Hathaway can record Occidental’s earnings on its books.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has given Berkshire Hathaway permission to buy up to 50% of Occidental Petroleum. This is according to an order announced in August. 19. Berkshire submitted the application on 11 July.
There is speculation that Berkshire may choose to buy the entire Occidental The Wall Street Journalciting sources, reported last month that Warren Buffett is unlikely to do so.
OXY stock rises on Buffett’s purchases
OXY stock was up 1.6% in late trading on Friday. Over the course of the week, Occidental Petroleum fell 4.6% to 65.61, although it found support at the 50-day moving average.
OXY stock broke from A cup base with handle strongly in August. 19 in the news that Buffett has agreed to buy 50% of the company. Shares soared to a record high of 77.13 on August 1st. 29, but we’ve now crossed all those gains from 66.26 buy point.
Occidental stock has held up better than many oil producers over the summer, thanks to Warren Buffett’s steadily adding to the stock. But OXY stock came under pressure as crude oil prices fell dramatically.
Meanwhile, BRKB stock rose 2.9% to 285.77 last week. It came after three weekly declines, to start a major reversal from the 200-day moving average.
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