Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc said on Friday it has sold shares of some of the largest US banks, slashing its stakes in Wells Fargo & Co and JPMorgan Chase & Co and exiting an investment in Goldman Sachs Group Inc .
In a regulatory filing detailing its US-listed investments as of June 30, Berkshire also disclosed a new 20.9 million share investment worth $563.6 million in Toronto-based Barrick Gold Corp, one of the world's largest mining companies.
Investors monitor Omaha, Nebraska-based Berkshire's quarterly filings to see where Mr Buffett and his portfolio managers Todd Combs and Ted Weschler see value.
Barrick shares have benefited from rising gold prices, which set a record last week, and rose 3.2 per cent in after-hours trading following Berkshire's disclosure. Barrick did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Berkshire reduced its Wells Fargo stake by 26 per cent in the quarter to 237.6 million.
Since early 2018, Berkshire has shed more than half of its Wells Fargo shares, which were once worth $32 billion but lost value as the bank was hurt by scandals for mistreating customers. Mr Buffett first invested in Wells Fargo in 1989.
Berkshire also reduced by 62 per cent its stake in JPMorgan, where Mr Combs is a director, to 22.2 million shares, and shed its remaining 1.9 million Goldman shares.
Mr Buffett has not given up on the banking industry, after telling investors in May that banks were well-capitalized and capable of weathering the coronavirus pandemic.
Berkshire still invests in several banks including Bank of America Corp , where in the last month it invested more than $2 billion, giving it an 11.9 per cent stake worth more than $27 billion.
In Friday's filing, Berkshire said it also exited its investment in Toronto-based Restaurant Brands International Inc, the parent of Burger King and Tim Hortons.
Berkshire also has more than 90 operating units including the Geico car insurer, BNSF railroad and Dairy Queen ice cream.