Shares of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A 2.25%) (BRK.B 2.34%) jumped 11.6% in August, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence, as its biggest holding rose sharply. Berkshire Hathaway may not be a technology stock, but it does own a lot of Apple (AAPL -2.38%) stock, and that helped shares last month.
Berkshire Hathaway owns a whopping 980.6 million shares of Apple stock, worth nearly $90 billion today. And that alone is enough to push the stock higher. Apple stock was up 21.4% in August, worth $22.3 billion.
It didn't hurt that the S&P 500 (of which Apple is also a member) was up 7% during the month. As a large conglomerate, Berkshire Hathaway will often move with the market and last month it simply outperformed by a small amount. But it was Apple that likely drove the outsized gains.
Today, Berkshire Hathaway's market cap is $521.5 billion, so the $22.3 billion it made in Apple last month is a sizable increase. The company doesn't often trade along with just one of its holdings, but in this case the Apple stake is so big that it makes sense for Berkshire stock to rise when Apple does.
What I'm going to watch over the next few months is what Berkshire Hathaway does with its Apple stake. The company could just sit on it, collecting a dividend and betting shares rise. Given Warren Buffett's history of holding stocks for the long term, that's what investors should expect. But this is a big move into tech stocks for Berkshire Hathaway, so investors should expect anything at this point.