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Buffett Says TSMC One Of World's Best Managed Companies

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett said a lot by not complimenting US semiconductor makers at the recent Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting, executive editor Brian Sozzi wrote for Yahoo Finance.

Photo Insert: Berkshire currently owns 0.2% of Taiwan Semiconductor.

Instead, Buffett heaped praise on his one-time chip play: Taiwan Semiconductor.

"Taiwan Semiconductor is one of the best-managed companies and important companies in the world," the 92-year-old Buffett told a crowded CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

"I don’t like its location and reevaluated that, ... [but] there's no one in the chip industry that's in their league, at least in my view."

TSMC stock is up 120% in the past five years, outperforming the S&P 500's 55% gain over that time period. Chip rivals such as Intel are trying to claw back market share by building new plants in the US and improving innovation. Others like Qualcomm and AMD are beginning to talk up initiatives in the hot artificial intelligence space.

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Yet, the legendary buy-and-hold investor Buffett surprised some observers by quickly exiting a sizable position in TSMC.

Berkshire revealed in February that it sold 86% of its shares in Taiwan Semiconductor, a stake that it built for about $4.1 billion just months earlier. Berkshire currently owns 0.2% of Taiwan Semiconductor.

Business: Business men in suite and tie in a work meeting in the office located in the financial district.

In April, Buffett explained he sold the position amid rising geopolitical tensions between China and Taiwan as well as China and the US. "Marvelous people and marvelous competitive position, but I’d rather find it in the US," Buffett added.

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