Could Warren Buffett finally be headed to the S&P 500? For years, Berkshire Hathaway’s stock—both the A shares and the so-called “Baby Berkshire” B shares—have been too expensive for the index, at $101,000 and $3,380 each, respectively. But now that Berkshire has acquired S&P component Burlington Northern, it could be on the fast track for a spot, Barron’s reports.
To do it, Berkshire’s B shares would have to do a 50-for-1 split. Management has proposed such a move, but shareholders still must approve it. The stock would also need to trade at a higher volume, but that shouldn’t be a problem after the split. If Berkshire is added, the index would buy $4 billion worth, which usually boosts the price considerably. So Barron’s suggests grabbing options on it now.