Buffett's Berkshire slashes Wells Fargo stake

Berkshire said in a regulatory filing https://bit.ly/2Z9Kxml, it owned about 137.6 million shares, worth $3.4 billion, of the fourth-largest U.S. bank by assets, down about 100 million from the end of June.

Buffett began investing in Wells Fargo in 1989, but has been reducing Berkshire’s stake as the bank struggles to recover from a series of scandals over its treatment of customers, including the opening of accounts without their knowledge.

Wells Fargo’s ability to grow remains subject to a Federal Reserve limit. Moody’s Investors Service on Wednesday lowered its rating outlook on the bank to “negative” from “stable”, citing the bank’s slower-than-expected ability to resolve governance and oversight issues from previous years.

Buffett’s conglomerate also owns dozens of operating businesses including the BNSF railroad and Geico auto insurer.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Vinay Dwivedi)