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Warren Buffett, Wells Fargo’s biggest fan, says the Federal Reserve is making him reduce his stake in the embattled bank.

Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRKB) disclosed in a regulatory filing on Wednesday that it sold 7.1 million shares of Wells Fargo (WFC) for $384 million this week. It intends to sell an additional 1.7 million shares of Wells soon.

Berkshire’s stake in the bank had climbed above 10%. That would trigger Fed restrictions on how much business Berkshire can do with the bank. The company is selling stock to bring its stake back below 10%.

Shares of Wells Fargo fell slightly in after-hours trading Wednesday following the disclosure. They fell even more in pre-market trading Thursday after the company reported flat earnings in the first quarter.

Wells has been hammered in the last year, since the bank admitted that its employees created millions of unauthorized accounts for clients in order to meet sales quotas at the bank. Buffett has stood by the bank, calling it an “incredible institution” that had made a “terrible mistake.”

latest news on stock market: U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc.(SLCA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tyler Crowe, Tim Brugger, and Jordan Wathen]

    With that in mind, we asked three of our contributors to highlight a company they will be following closely in the first quarter and why. Here’s what makes Adobe Systems (NASDAQ:ADBE), Charles Schwab (NYSE:SCHW), and U.S. Silica Holdings (NYSE:SLCA) worth following when the next earnings report comes out.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of CARBO Ceramics performing much worst than potential peersU.S. Silica Holdings Inc (NYSE: SLCA) and Hi-Crush Partners LP (NYSE: HCLP) which began recovering much earlier in 2016 while CARBO has not had much of a bump:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016 earnings report formid cap proppant and fracking stock U.S. Silica Holdings Inc (NYSE: SLCA)is scheduled for after the market closes onWednesday (February 22nd). Proppant and fracking stockswere crushed by low oil prices; but with oil prices stabilizing, drilling activity coming back to the oil patches.

latest news on stock market: Envision Healthcare Holdings, Inc.(EVHC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Even on a day like today, somebody had to be the worst performer in the S&P 500, and today that somebody is Envision Healthcare (EVHC), which missed earnings forecasts last night.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Envision Healthcare Holdings Inc (NYSE: EVHC) shares shot up 211 percent to $70.15. Envision Healthcare and Amsurg Corp (NASDAQ: AMSG) reported the completion of their merger.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Envision Healthcare Corp. (NYSE: EVHC) dropped about 9.3% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $43.22 after closing Monday at $47.67. The 52-week high is $74.75. Volume of around 10 million shares traded was about six times the daily average. The company had no specific news.

latest news on stock market: Key Tronic Corporation(KTCC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Computer Peripherals: This industry rose 2.21% by 10:15 am ET. The top performer in this industry was Key Tronic (NASDAQ: KTCC), which gained 0.3%. Key Tronic’s trailing-twelve-month ROE is 14.57%.

latest news on stock market: Packaging Corporation of America(PKG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Christopher Freeburn]

    Shares of Packaging Corp. (PKG) jumped almost 13% in pre-market trading on Monday after the company announced that it will purchase a rival containerboard-maker.

  • [By David Sterman]

    That was precisely the rationale behind Packaging Corp. of America's (NYSE: PKG) just-announced $2 billion (in cash and assumed debt) acquisition of rival Boise (NYSE: BZ). The deal will create a $6 billion (in sales) behemoth in the cardboard box industry.

  • [By Daniela Pylypczak]

    Jefferies announced on Monday that it has upgraded Packaging Corp of America (PKG) from “Hold” to “Buy.”

    The firm also raised PKG’s price target from $49.00 to $70.00. Jefferies analystPhilip Ng also gave the companybull-case scenario target of $88. The upgrade comes after the firm announced earlier today that it has agreed to purchase all outstanding shares of Boise Inc. (BZ)for $1.995 billion. Analyst Ng believes the new acquisition will result in an attractive multiple.

    Packaging Corp of America shares rallied 9.73% during Monday’s session. Year-to-date, the stock is up 39.87%.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Packaging Corp. of America(PKG) has jumped 6.3% to $57.99 after it said it would buy Boise (BZ) for $1.28 billion. Boise has gained 26% to $12.55.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Stocks on the move: Boise Inc. (NYSE: BZ) is up 26% at $12.55 following the companys acquisition by Packaging Corporation of America Inc. (NYSE: PKG) for $12.55 a share ($1.28 billion). Omeros Corp. (NASDAQ: OMER) is up 68.2% at $8.56 following an analyst upgrade. Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. (NYSEArca: NAK) is down 33.3% at $1.48 following an announcement from Anglo American plc that it was withdrawing from a massive copper mining project in Alaska.

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