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The markets are down, so Buffett is shopping for stocks

business Updated: May 07, 2012 22:21 IST

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Berkshire Hathaway Inc is adding to its shareholdings of two US companies amid a market dip, billionaire investor Warren Buffett said on Monday.

Buffett, Berkshire's controlling shareholder, also forecast record results this year for Berkshire's largest non-insurance businesses, among them the railroad BNSF and the utility MidAmerican.

In an interview, he dismissed the dip in European shares after weekend elections in France and Greece. "It's going to be very, very difficult to resolve their problems," he said of the euro zone countries, but he insisted they would do so eventually.

Buffett declined to identify the two portfolio stocks Berkshire was purchasing more of. He said Berkshire spent $60 million buying stocks last Friday would buy more today. It was not clear if the $60 billion was spent on just two stocks.

Over the weekend, Berkshire held its annual shareholder meeting in Omaha, a festival-like event that draws nearly 40,000 people for an hours-long question-and-answer session with Buffett and Berkshire vice-chairman Charlie Munger.

It was during that session that Buffett revealed he had very nearly made an acquisition of more than $22 billion recently, which would have been one of his biggest ever.

The 81-year-old Buffett, recently diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer, spent much of the day assuring shareholders he was in good health.