Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett

Last Update: 2014-08-14

Number of Stocks: 46
Number of New Stocks: 1

Total Value: $107,580 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 2%

Countries: USA
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Warren Buffett Watch

  • Market Indexes' Fall Creates Investment Opportunities

    Today the market indexes fell a lot causing all profits that investors have made so far this year to be wided out. The Dow Industrial Average earlier plunged 460 points and ended the day down 173 points. The S&P 500 and the NASDQA fell 2% and 1%, leading to tech companies like Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOGL) being beaten down. Clearly the spread of Ebola, the global economic slowdown and a potential third recession for Europe. The plung in market indexes has created opportunities for investors to acquire stakes in great businesses at and below fair value. Companies like Wells Fargo (WFC), JP Morgan (JPM), Citigroup (C), and Goldman Sachs (GS) at or below these companies' fair value thanks to the plunge in the markets today. These are the kind of companies that you want to acquire in market downturns and put into your 401k and especially in your IRA to hold for the next 20 years.

    Wells Fargo (WFC)


  • Running A Succesful Company: Ten Rules That Worked for Sam Walton (Part 1)

    Among Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio)'s Recommended Reading list I came across Sam Walton: Made in America. In his autobiography, Walton takes us through the whole adventure that was thinking, working and living at Walmart.

    In the closing chapter, he details 10 rules for a successful business that I believe sum up the book very well. I would recommend this book to think about how our daily life was once shaped by groundbreaking strategies and ideas such as Walton's, among others. It is also fascinating to evaluate how durable but also different is Walmart's strategy now.


  • The Stocks Warren Buffett May Have Bought During the Oct. 1 Sell-off

    In an interview with CNBC on Oct. 2, Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) mentioned that he bought new stocks during the market sell-off the day before. The Dow Jones was down 1.4%, and the NASDAQ 1.6%. Nearly all of the stocks in the Dow 30 were in the red.

    The move shouldn’t be surprising for anyone who follows Buffett’s activities. It was the perfect time for the investor to purchase stocks of good companies at a discount. Unfortunately for his followers, Buffett didn’t name any of the stocks he purchased, and it will be at least two weeks before any filings are required. However, Buffett did say that the company names would be recognizable.


  • Extended Conversation With Value Investor Guy Spier

    Guy Spier sits down to discuss why he decided to write his recently released book "The Education of a Value Investor."

    Not surprisingly Spier gives much credit to the influence of Berkshire Hathaway's Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio).


  • More Than Thirty Minutes With Warren Buffett At Fortune's Most Powerful Women Conference

    An annual event to look forward to.

    Here is more than thirty minutes with Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) and his long time friend Carol Loomis doing a Q&A at the Fortune Most Powerful Women conference.


  • Warren Buffett Talks to CNBC - Investing, Coke, Bank of America, Car Sales

  • Berkshire to buy Van Tuyl Group: Buffett

    Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio), Berkshire Hathaway chairman & CEO, and Larry Van Tuyl, Van Tuyl Group, discuss Berkshire Hathaway's deal to buy the nation's largest privately-owned auto dealership.


  • 3 Fairly Priced High-Margin Stocks Warren Buffett Would Like

    Everybody wants to make money, big money over the long haul. You put money into a stock and get twice of this amount back in 10 years. That's great and I have often invested in stocks that doubled in a decade easily.

    Today I like to come back to return. It's very important to see that the company makes good profits on its annual sales. The higher the margin, net or operational, the better is the market dominance of the firm.


  • Dividend Aristocrats In Focus Part 6 of 54: Is Nucor A Bargain or On The Scrap Heap?

    Nucor (NUE) has a fantastic historical record of growing shareholder return. Shareholders in Nucor have realized a 17% CAGR since the year 2000, a return that thoroughly beats the overall market. Even better, the company has not laid off an employee due to work shortages in over 30 years. The practice of avoiding layoffs is a rarity in the cyclical steel industry. Nucor has accomplished its fantastic record of growth through treating its employees well. The company is one of the largest adopters and pioneers of the “pay for performance” employee incentive program. Employees as a whole are guaranteed at least 10% of the company’s profits, aligning employee incentives with shareholder and management incentives.

    The company’s management is “confident the company’s best years are ahead,” but long-term macroeconomic conditions suggest otherwise. Nucor operates in the highly cyclical steel industry. The steel industry is currently in a down cycle, which has depressed the price of Nucor. The image below shows how the company’s Price to Book ratio hovers around 3.5 when the U.S. Steel (X) market is booming (pre 2009 in the picture), versus an average of below 2.0 when the U.S. Steel market is slumping.


  • 3 Warren Buffett Stocks Dip to One-Year Lows

    The S&P 500 index has risen more than 7% year to date. Some of the stocks in Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio)’s portfolio have dropped to their lowest share price in a year. Buffett has mentioned that he first only buys companies that have undeniably good prospects and also looks for good prices.

    As he mentioned in his last year’s letter to Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A)(BRK.B) shareholders: “We first have to decide whether we can sensibly estimate an earnings range for five years out, or more. If the answer is yes, we will buy the stock (or business) if it sells at a reasonable price in relation to the bottom boundary of our estimate. If, however, we lack the ability to estimate future earnings – which is usually the case – we simply move on to other prospects.”


  • September Buffett-Munger Bargain Newsletter is Ready for Download

    September Buffett-Munger Bargain Newsletter is Ready for Download

    According to Charlie Munger (Trades, Portfolio), there are businesses, that you will find a few times in a lifetime, where any manager could raise the return enormously just by raising prices—and yet they haven’t done it. This month's Buffett-Munger Bargain newsletter is about such a company.  

  • An Hour-Long Interview With Warren Buffett at Detroit Homecoming

    Wouldn't you love to have the chance to sit down with Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) for an hour and ask him every question that you would like to hear his opinion on?

    Dan Gilbert got that opportunity and it is captured in the videos below:


  • Confessions of a Business Student

    So here I am. My first year into what is about to be a great learning journey through one of the top business schools in the world. I am not alone. In America, about 1 million students choose to study business at the undergraduate level every year. I was told that I was about to have the best time of my life.

    Well, it's all a matter of perspective.


  • Warren Buffett's Wrath: How Benjamin Moore Almost Broke His Promise

    Turmoil roiled Benjamin Moore, a paint company owned by Berkshire Hathaway, after it decided to break a pledge Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) made to Moore’s dealers. How did it happen—and how did the Oracle of Omaha respond? A case study in pluses (and occasional minuses) of being owned by Berkshire.

    Not long after Berkshire Hathaway acquired Benjamin Moore in 2000, Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) appeared in a video that was sent to the company’s thousands of independent dealers, who sell the vast majority of Moore paints. Buffett knew that outside ownership was disconcerting for a company that, since its founding in 1883, had usually been run by a Moore descendant. Dealers worried that the new owner might decide there were bigger profits to be made by selling through the dealers’ bitter rivals, big-box giants Home Depot (HD) and Lowe’s (LOW).


  • The Buyback Annoyance

    Stock buybacks have been the craze over the past couple of years. Ever since the Fed flushed the economy with cheap money, corporations have been using the funds to invest in their businesses to grow, spend on mergers and acquisitions, raising or issuing special dividends, and of course, the buyback annoyance – buying back its own company stock. While a majority of the investors and traders see that as a good thing, I see it mostly as an annoyance that does not achieve much more than some financial engineering.

    The buyback Annoyance


  • Charlie Munger Interview

    Overview of Charlie Munger (Trades, Portfolio) Interview With Jason Zweig

    Charlie Munger (Trades, Portfolio), vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, (BRK.A), (BRK.B) did a interview with Jason Zweig published by the Wall Street Journal. In the interview he talked about investing in on drawdown that requires significant discipline. He talked about how Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) influenced him and gave a very insightful view on Benjamin Graham. He went on to say that Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) was a better investor then Benjamin Graham. Mr. Munger also talked about how in awe he was with how he and Warren turm Berkshire Hathaway into one of the fifth biggest companies in the in the USA with a market value of $337 billion.


  • Biglari Holdings' Rights Offering Seems to Mostly Benefit The Chairman/CEO

    Biglari Holdings (BH) is followed by many in the hopes that it can be the next Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A). Steak ‘n Shake is currently the core of the company, and Biglari is starting to diversify itself with its recent purchases of Maxim Magazine and First Guard Insurance. Sardar Biglari, the chairman and CEO of Biglari Holdings, helped turn around Steak ‘n Shake from a company with large losses to a company that can generate cash flow to help invest in other businesses for further growth.

    I had previously written about Biglari as a guru to watch for the next 30 years. He is an avid follower of Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio)’s investing style and Ben Graham’s book, “The Intelligent Investor.” He is also only 36 years old and has plenty of upside. The controversial part about Biglari is his pay package. The Incentive Bonus Agreement listed on the company’s website states that his bonus is calculated as:


  • Is This Company The Next Berkshire Hathaway?


    Markel Corporation (MKL) is one of the most profitable and sound insurance companies in the world. The company has built its business on focusing on underserved and niche markets where it could explore for constant underwriting profits. Markel is in the business of making underwriting profits, unlike the rest of the insurance sector. Unlike its competitors Markel is willing to wait or even take shrinkage in its premium base to protect its underwriting profits or to make underwriting profits. The company has a cult-like focus on making an underwriting profit on every policy that it underwrites. Unlike other insurance companies that want to expand its premium base as much as they can and are willing to underwrite policies that are risky and wont make a profit. Because of this, most of the insurance sector over the last 28 years have average a 110% combined ratio, while Markel has average a 96% combined ratio. Markel is one of those few great capital allocators that is selling at a reasonable prices and offers above average returns for its investors.


  • Warren Buffett Comments on USG

    OMAHA, NE—“As has been reported today, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK.A)(BRK.B) consented to a Final Judgment whereby we agreed to pay a civil penalty of $896,000 for failure to comply with the premerger reporting and waiting requirements of the Hart-Scott Rodino Act. We made a mistake when we overlooked the filing requirement. Berkshire had owned convertible notes of USG (USG) since 2008 and was effectively forced to convert the notes when they were called for redemption by USG in December 2013. This event triggered a filing requirement for Berkshire and we were late in realizing that fact.”

    Berkshire Hathaway and its subsidiaries engage in diverse business activities including property and casualty insurance and reinsurance, utilities and energy, freight rail transportation, finance, manufacturing, retailing and services. Common stock of the company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading symbols BRK.A and BRK.B.


  • A Short Seller's Report On A Stock Berkshire Hathaway Is Currently Buying (Chicago Bridge and Iron)

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User Comments

ReplyGurufocus - 2 weeks ago
@Rdonehow: List those with share number changes of more than 20%, or impact to portfolio more than 0.1%.
ReplyRdonehow - 2 weeks ago
Same question as Jimmyjam.
ReplyRdonehow - 2 weeks ago
I have the same question.
ReplyJimmyjam - 2 months ago
Berkshire buys 3M shares of GM, a 10% increase. Why not listed in latest stock picks?
ReplySkl_c9@yahoo.com - 3 months ago
ReplyAnurag.mital@facebook - 3 months ago
there are a lot bad data on the web site
ReplyManfredBognar - 4 months ago

... and is not fixed yet!
ReplyJandup - 4 months ago
Why is the dividend reported on Gurufocus for AAPL much higher than other sources. Is it correct?
ReplyHamed.dadgour@yahoo - 6 months ago
Hi Gurufocus,

Thank you for your amazing website. I have one comment:
the stock price for LBTYA seems wrong because you website has not taken into account the fact that there was a stock split back in Feb 2014. You show the stock is down more than 50%, which is misleading.

ReplyFofofum@yahoo - 6 months ago
y should they show anybody Buffetts portfolio in the first place, show the world your up to date portfolio how about it. If you need help maybe you should learn and study your own picks and not get em off somebody elses coattails, sorry but you asked the question, anyway as you can see he only buys the best of the best stocks, you don't have to look at his portfolio to know that,goodluck!
ReplyVicvic - 8 months ago
ReplyGurufocus - 9 months ago
"Do we know if the DirecTV sell listed on this page is correct? The sell is not listed under the "Stock Picks" tab."

Yes, it is correct! The impact to portfolio is very small so we did not list under "Stock Picks" tab.
ReplyCulpel - 9 months ago
Dear Gurufocus,

Do we know if the DirecTV sell listed on this page is correct? The sell is not listed under the "Stock Picks" tab.

Thank you,

Buy land
ReplyBuy land - 10 months ago
Why does the chart show that DVA has different current prices? Any ideas?
ReplyLacatena - 11 months ago
Why was XOM not marked as new buy (30th September) in the stock picks in the Portfolio of Mr. Buffett ? It appear only today the 18th November ?

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