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Some privately held companies that had exponential growth in the last few years like Uber, Airbnb, Pinterest are introducing their Initial Public Offerings, where they will provide the first set of shares for public sale. The Pinterest and Zoom debuts in the public market added to gains where Dow Jones Industrial Average grew 110 points in the day, and S&P 500 gained 0.16 per cent, while, NASDAQ composite grew 0.2 per cent. The week’s Friday market was acknowledged to be a Good Friday as the earnings have been positive. Pinterest IPO was at $19 and it closed at $24.40, with 28 per cent gains, and Zoom Video Communication priced at $36 settled $62 by the end of the day.
The IPOs provided the opportunity to the company to get investments which can be used to promote hiring and acquire other firms. The private firms financed by the original investor through venture capital want to realize profits by going Public where the shares are bought and sold in the market, and sometimes, it provides the company to the openings, where it can be acquired by the larger companies.
It may take over 6 months for a company to go Public where the financial statements, risk factors and other factors are examined, and most such companies expect an oversubscription of three times when it goes public to gain profits. In the last decade, over 100 companies went public, although, this is a low number after the great recession. This is, mainly, because the companies, sometimes, get explosions in the market at the time of offerings.
The top-earning Berkshire's portfolio has common stocks of more than 40 companies where there is a size difference in the positions, and some stocks are worth over $10 billion. Berkshire Hathaway has stocks worth over $200 billion and it is one of the most closely watched portfolios, where its top attraction is that it is the investment vehicle of Warren Buffett.
The leading smartphone companies Apple is the top holding of Berkshire where the position started in 2016. Buffets' investment manager decided to invest over $1 billion in the tech companies. The most attractive part is its stickiness where it holds its stand and provides valuable services and products to the customers.
Berkshire had bought the Bank of America stock during the financial crisis and held $5 billion worth preferred stocks of the company where it earned warrants to own 700 million shares for just $7.14 each.
Wells Fargo and Coca Cola can be found in Berkshire’s list of holdings. Wells Fargo was without a CEO since the resignation of CEO Tim Sloan in the last months, and this led to a drop in value. Buffet loves bank stocks and has been a big fan of such offerings and his holding includes 10 per cent of Wells Fargo and BOA.
In recent months, the banking sector has been delivering positive earnings and the stocks are offering reliable returns. The major banks are doing better where the cost is low. The recent bank stock rallies were led by JP Morgan, Citigroup, BOA and Goldman Sachs.
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