Is Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK-B) has seen a slight increase in bullish investment sentiment during the third quarter. As hedge fund intelligence website Insider Monkey’s database shows, the number of positions moved up by 1 recently. In this way, BRK-B was in 77 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the third quarter of 2014. There were 76 hedge funds in our database with BRK-B holdings at the end of the previous quarter, with Michael Larson and Tom Russo heading the list. But let’s take a peek at the recent action encompassing Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK-B) in a bit more detail.
How are hedge funds trading Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK.B)?
Even though there was a total of 77 hedge funds that held long positions in Berkshire Hathaway’s class B stock at the end of September, there are several names that stand out. According to Insider Monkey, Michael Larson’s Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust had the most valuable position in Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK.B), worth close to $11.552 billion, amounting to 53.2% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Eagle Capital Management, led by Boykin Curry, which owns a stake that comprises 7.5% of its equity portfolio and is valued at $1.94 billion position. Remaining members of the smart money that are bullish contain Tom Russo’s Gardner Russo & Gardner, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Jean-Marie Eveillard’s First Eagle Investment Management.
As aggregate interest increased, many money managers initiated stakes in Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK.B). One of them is Kelly Cardwell’s Central Square Management, which assembled the most valuable position in Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK.B) during the third quarter. Central Square Management had $6 million invested in the company at the end of September, while Charles de Vaulx’s International Value Advisers, who also initiated a $451.7 million position during the quarter but in class A stock. The other funds with brand new BRK-B positions are Steve Leonard’s Pacifica Capital Investments, and Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management.
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