PE HUB First Read

First Read kicks off your week with news that hundreds are arrested in China for spreading rumors about the country’s stock market, Berkshire Hathaway reveals it has taken a $4.48 billion stake in Phillips 66 and legendary horror film director Wes Craven dies at 76.


Kraft Heinz to cut 2,500 jobs in U.S., Canada: Reuters

Kraft Heinz Co (KHC.O) said it will cut 2,500 jobs in the United States and Canada as part of its cost cutting initiatives following the creation of the company through the $46-billion merger of ketchup maker H.J. Heinz with Kraft Foods, Reuters News reported.


PE HUB Second Opinion

In Second Opinion, a suspect is arrested in the Charleston church shooting, which is now called a hate crime, Fitbit shares surge in market debut and cyberbullying app StopIt nabs a notable investor–retired Yankee great Derek Jeter.

Slideshow: Hurricane Sandy Could Be Positive for PE-backed Reinsurers (CORRECTED)

It’s been a week since Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast and damages could reach as much as $50 billion, according to the New York Times. Losses due to Sandy are still being worked out. If they are $10 billion or less, primary insurers, like Chubb or Allstate or State Farm, will likely pay the brunt of claims, PE sources say. As damages increase, payment will “disproportionately” fall on reinsurers.

Warren Buffett Enters Bid for Citigroup’s OneMain

Berkshire Hathaway has joined the group bidding for Citigroup’s consumer lending unit OneMain, formerly known as CitiFinancial, Reuters wrote Wednesday, citing a report in the Wall Street Journal. Buffett’s company joins a consortium consisting of private-equity firm Centerbridge Capital Partners and Leucadia National Corp. OneMain is expected to fetch more than $8 billion, Reuters reported.

Poll Results: Sokol’s Fate? 70.2% Think Nothing Will Happen to Him (But He’ll Likely Start His Own Firm)

The results of our David Sokol poll surprised me.

Yesterday, I asked what might happen to the former heir apparent at Berkshire Hathaway. Sokol, in case you’ve forgotten, bought Lubrizol shares and then pushed Warren Buffett to buy the company. Sokol, who was chairman of several Berkshire units, resigned after his Lubrizol trades became known.

Berkshire shareholders are expected to convene in Omaha tomorrow for the annual meeting. Buffett is sure to be grilled about his poor handling of the scandal. Right now, we don’t care about that. We want to know what will happen to Sokol.

Question of the Week: What Fate Awaits David Sokol?

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Things aren’t looking too good for David Sokol, Warren Buffett’s former heir apparent at Berkshire Hathaway .

Yesterday, Berkshire slammed Sokol when it said he violated the company’s standards of conduct and its insider trading policies when he bought Lubrizol shares and then pushed Warren Buffett to buy the company. Sokol, who was chairman of several Berkshire units, resigned after his Lubrizol trades were made known.

This has been an embarrassing situation for Buffett and Berkshire. The Oracle of Omaha has always been big on ethics. He is sure to face some tough questions this Saturday when Berkshire hosts its annual shareholder meeting.

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