Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc said on Friday it had cut its Wells Fargo & Co stake to 3.3%, further reducing what had once been a $32 billion investment in the bank.

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WARREN BUFFETT'S BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HAS ACQUIRED SLIGHTLY MORE THAN 5% OF THE SHARES IN FIVE LARGE JAPANESE COMPANIES

Berkshire said in a regulatory filing it owned about 137.6 million shares, worth $3.4 billion, of the fourth-largest U.S. bank by assets, down about 100 million from the end of June.

TickerSecurityLastChangeChange %BRK.ABERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INC.327,401.00+41.00+0.01%BRK.BBERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INC.218.32+0.17+0.08%WFCWELLS FARGO & COMPANY24.79+0.27+1.10%

Buffett began investing in Wells Fargo in 1989, but has been reducing Berkshire's stake as the bank struggles to recover from a series of scandals over its treatment of customers, including the opening of accounts without their knowledge.

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Wells Fargo's ability to grow remains subject to a Federal Reserve limit. Moody's Investors Service on Wednesday lowered its rating outlook on the bank to "negative" from "stable", citing the bank's slower-than-expected ability to resolve governance and oversight issues from previous years.

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Berkshire still owns shares of several other banks, including Bank of America Corp, which became its largest common stock holding other than iPhone-maker Apple Inc,

Buffett's conglomerate also owns dozens of operating businesses including the BNSF railroad and Geico auto insurer.

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