February 15, 1995 in Nation/World

Buffett Raises Stake In American Express

From Staff And Wire Reports

The firm controlled by famed investor Warren Buffett has increased its stake in American Express Co. to 9.8 percent since Dec. 31, the giant charge card company said Tuesday.

Berkshire Hathaway Inc., the Omaha, Neb.-based investment company run by Buffett, one of the nation’s wealthiest men, and its subsidiaries have purchased 20.7 million shares of American Express since the start of the year, bringing their combined holdings to 48.5 million shares as of Monday.

The purchases were revealed in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, New Yorkbased American Express said.

“Mr. Buffett has advised us that the purchases are for investment purposes,” the company said. “He noted that Berkshire Hathaway intends to seek regulatory approval to increase its investment in American Express beyond the 10 percent of common shares outstanding.”

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