Berkshire held almost 58 million shares after purchases this week, or more than 10 percent of the total outstanding, according to a regulatory filing issued Friday by Warren Buffett’s Omaha, Nebraska-based company.
The rebound follows the lowest close since February 2009 on Monday after a slump in Chinese stocks sent ripples through global financial markets. Crude is still down 15 percent this year on concern a supply glut will persist.
The most severe oil-industry collapse since the 1980s has prompted explorers to curtail drilling budgets, cancel rig contracts and shelve plans to search for untapped crude fields from the Indian Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico.
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