Buffett tells Fox Business he wants a company in Europe

Wed Feb 4, 2015 5:07pm EST
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Billionaire investor Warren Buffett said on Wednesday he is likely to buy a small business in Western Europe and he would like to buy more businesses abroad.

"We'd like to buy more businesses around the world," Buffett, the head of conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway Inc, said in an interview with Fox Business Network.

Over the past 50 years, Berkshire has bought dozens of companies in sectors ranging from insurance to railroads.

Buffett's purchases have largely focused on the United States. In his letter to shareholders last year, for example, he wrote that "the mother lode of opportunity resides in America."

With growth in the world's largest economy outpacing many developed markets and valuations moving higher, Buffett has also in recent years noted the difficulty in finding so-called elephants - acquisitions large enough to move the needle at Berkshire Hathaway.

Buffett also believes the U.S. Federal Reserve will find it difficult to raise interest rates this year.

"I think it's going to be very tough to raise rates when you've got what's going on around the world," he said.

The Fed is now weighing what would be its first interest rate increase since 2006, but low U.S. inflation and sluggish growth around the world could constrain the central bank from changing policy.

Yields on U.S. Treasuries remain low by historical standards, with the 10-year Treasury note yielding 1.75 percent on Wednesday and the 30-year Treasury bond yielding 2.346 percent.   Continued...

Financial investor Warren Buffett looks on during an announcement ceremony at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, January 28, 2015.  REUTERS/Jim Young