Electric Driving: West Meets East

Looking at the Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) (BRK.B) portfolio as we did Monday, one name that generated a lot of interest at the time was BYD Company Ltd. (Build Your Dream), the Shenzen, China-based maker of batteries and hybrid electric vehicles.

The name attracted a lot of attention at the time, if for no other reason than it ran up 8x during Berkshire's holding period. This was one of BRK's early forays into foreign stocks, which they had mostly ignored. Despite the accolades for the management team from Chairman Warren Buffett and Vice-Chairman Charlie Munger and their praise for BYD's work ethic and long-term prospects, BRK was in and out in two years. The trade was clearly profitable and BYD subsequently declined 88% from the peak, confirming Buffett's trading acumen....548 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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