IBM Likely To Make Comeback Despite Buffett Selling More Shares

International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) is an old-school tech firm that the millennial generation may not be all that familiar with. And one of the firm’s most famous shareholders, the very old-school Warren Buffett, sold off yet more of the technology giant’s stock in the third-quarter.

In 2011, the world’s most affluent investor acquired a 5.5% stake in IBM, despite contradicting his statement that he doesn’t buy stakes in companies that he doesn’t understand. He admitted recently making mistakes by not purchasing shares of Amazon.com, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) and Alphabet Inc (Nasdaq: GOOGL), partly for those reasons.

Despite Buffett continuing to reduce his exposure to the tech giant, “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer expressed his optimism about the company’s turnaround despite its weakening revenue in the last quarter.

“Will it lead to a turn in the stock? Well, that’s a different story,” Cramer said.

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Barron’s agrees, recently stating that IBM shares could be poised for a rebound with the company seemingly on the verge of returning to growth and with its valuation sitting well below that of the S&P 500.

Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A) offloaded almost 32% of its International Business Machines Corp. in the latest quarter, leaving it with 37 million shares at the end of September. The holding company previously held more than 80 million of the tech outfit’s shares. Berkshire Hathaway declined to comment on the reason behind its move.

Amid fierce competition from modern technology firms such as Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Amazon, shares of IBM have struggled in recent years. International Business Machines Corp. has been underperforming since Buffett bought the shares in 2011, which lead us to question earlier this year whether it was the worst investment that the legendary investor has ever made.

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Michael Molman 1 year ago Contributor's comment

Personally I believe IBM could be returning back to growth on the back of significant investments in revolutionary new technologies like #blockchain and quantum computing. It is possible $IBM could be a leader in these new fields.