OMAHA, Neb. May 5 Warren Buffett said on
Saturday he would not buy shares of technology giants Apple Inc
or Google Inc but would not sell them short,
and said International Business Machines Corp is a
better investment for his company Berkshire Hathaway Inc
"I would not be at all surprised to see them be worth a lot
more money 10 years from now but I would not buy either one of
them," Buffett said about Apple and Google at Berkshire's annual
shareholder meeting in Omaha, Nebraska. "I sure as hell wouldn't
short them either."
In contrast, Berkshire at year end owned $11.75 billion of
IBM stock, its second-largest stock holding. "The chances of
being way wrong in IBM are probably less, at least for us, than
the chances of being way wrong in Google or Apple," Buffett
Buffett's revelation in November that he bought IBM stock
surprised many investors, given his usual aversion to technology
stocks. Even in Berkshire's annual report, which lists criteria
for acquisitions, Buffett said he prefers "simple businesses (if
there's lots of technology, we won't understand it)."
Buffett controls most of Berkshire's investment portfolio.
He has hired two portfolio managers, Todd Combs and Ted
Weschler, to handle some of Berkshire's investments.