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Buffett Buys Nearly $30 Million in DVA


Stake is now over 10%.

MINYANVILLE ORIGINAL Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A) bought just under $30 million worth of DaVita (NYSE:DVA) according to SEC filings posted today. The trades were reported as being done during three days last week.

Buffett was already a 10% owner of the stock. With the new total of 10.197 million shares, or about 10.8% of the outstanding shares, he is the largest institutional owner of the kidney dialysis company.

Hats off to Minyanville's contributor Brett Golden, president of, who last week tagged the stock as one of the strongest five names in the S&P 500.

This year, DVA insiders (excluding Buffett) have all sold stock including DVA's Chief Operating Officer Dennis Kogod, who unloaded over $13 million worth of the company's stock in August, according to SEC filings.

As of June 30, DaVita operated or provided administrative services at 1,884 outpatient dialysis centers in the US, serving approximately 149,000 patients. The company also operates 19 outpatient facilities in four other countries.
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