Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett

Last Update: 11-16-2015

Number of Stocks: 48
Number of New Stocks: 1

Total Value: $127,408 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 23%

Countries: USA
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Warren Buffett Watch

  • Now Is Definitely the Time to Buy Whole Foods

    Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ:WFM) has been called "whole paycheck" and a recent pricing study by Bloomberg Intelligence indicates Whole Foods Market is more expensive than Trader Joe’s but less expensive than smaller rival The Fresh Market (NASDAQ:TFM). Thanksgiving Day menu items at Whole Foods were 22% higher than Trader Joe's but 15% less than The Fresh Market

    Either way, customers are truly raving fans of Whole Foods Market. The company is the largest retailer of natural and organic foods in the U.S. and besides a five-star rating on GuruFocus and seven good signs, Joel Greenblatt (Trades, Portfolio) is the only guru with a sizeable position. He owns 1,664,348 shares. I can envision many others coming on early in 2016, especially at this value.


  • Mohnish Pabrai Builds His Position in Horsehead Holding

    Guru Mohnish Pabrai (Trades, Portfolio), an engineer, investor, author, philanthropist and competitive bridge player, has recently been increasing his holdings in Horsehead Holding Corp. (NASDAQ:ZINC) adding an additional 1,287,178 shares in his portfolio.

    Mohnish Pabrai purchased the shares on the following dates at the prices listed below.


  • What Warren Buffett Is Optimistic About

    What should we be optimistic about?

    Just about everything, says Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio). Buffett believes the average citizen today lives a better lifestyle than John Rockefeller did in the 1930s.


  • Francis Chou Adds to 3 Holdings

    The Chou Associates Fund was started on Nov. 28, 1986 and since its inception it has netted an 11.2% return.

    Chou Associates has multiple funds including The Chou RRSP Fund (Trades, Portfolio), Chou Asia Fund, Chou Europe Fund, Chou Bond Fund, and the Associates fund has been the most successful since their inceptions, according to the Chou Associates website (http://choufunds.com/comp_annual.html).


  • Stocks With the Highest Dividend Yield in Berkowitz’s Portfolio

    Bruce Berkowitz (Trades, Portfolio) is the founder and the managing member of Fairholme Capital Management. He focuses investments on companies that have exceptional management, generate free cash and are cheaply priced.

    Berkowitz will also invest in mediocre companies trading at a significant discount to intrinsic value where there exists a catalyst. I've selected the stocks with highest dividend yields in Berkowitz’s portfolio.


  • 2 Lucky Winners in GuruFocus' 'Guess Which Stocks Buffett Bought' Contest

    Out of the many submissions we received in our quarterly "Guess Which Stocks Warren Buffett Bought" contest, only two GuruFocus members were able to make three correct predictions, and will win a free copy of an investing book of their choice. The lucky winners are usernames:

  • Leon Cooperman Adds Google and Buys Pfizer

    Guru Leon Cooperman (Trades, Portfolio) has been in the investment industry for nearly half a century. He started his career working at Goldman Sachs, but he retired 1991 and founded his own company Omega Advisors, which he runs today. Cooperman has been in the financial sector for close to half a century and most recently added 482,749 shares of Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL), a 125.94% increase to his holdings, and purchased 4,830,595 shares in Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE).

    Google is also traded in Chile, Argentina and Germany.


  • Going Long for Kraft Heinz: A Dividend Play and Growth

    Finding a company for a good long position and a little regular income is not an easy feat. The larger dividend yields tend to be offered by mature companies with little debt that may not need to reinvest all of their earnings. Retaining that cash would have resulted in a cash surplus and shifted the companies’ capital structures. It also helps attract investors when year over year growth is not very high.

    Take the Kellogg Company (NYSE:K) for example. It is trading at $66.25 with a one-year target estimate of $69.50 – an increase of less than 5%. The company pays a 3.03% dividend yield, and this brings the annual return an investor can expect closer to a respectable 8%. McDonald’s Corp. (NYSE:MCDtakes a similar stance. The company is trading at $113.91 on a one-year target estimate of $117.57 (an increase of over 3.2%), and it pays a dividend yield of 3.2%, meaning investors could expect returns of around 6.5% for a 12-month position.


  • Fortune Magazine Interviews Warren Buffett

    Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) was recently interviewed by Carol Loomis of Fortune Magazine in October. The topics discussed included his views on the economy, the stock market, politics and more. My notes include the minute mark for the video below.

    I found his discussion at the 2:00 minute mark to be the most interesting. He walks through how he thinks about economic growth by various components. Buffett dissects the U.S.'s 2% GDP growth and rationalizes how that compounds over a generation. He breaks out real per capita GDP growth after accounting for net births and immigration. In qualitative terms, Buffett points out that most people in the U.S. have a better quality of life today than John D. Rockefeller did at the height of his wealth. His discussion of current politics is also very insightful. 


  • The Most Important Thing Is ...

    Howard Marks (Trades, Portfolio) is a billionaire guru and the author of the classic book "The Most Important Thing." Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) and Charlie Munger (Trades, Portfolio), longtime investment partners at Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.B), agree that this is a great book worth reading.

    Marks is the co-founder of Oaktree Capital (NYSE:OAK), an investment firm that was formed in 1995 by a group of individuals who had been investing together since the mid-1980s in high yield bonds, convertible securities, distressed debt, real estate, control investments and listed equities.


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  • Big Blue Keeps Bleeding Red – Is It Finally Time to Buy IBM?

    International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) trades at a forward earnings multiple of 9x and has a dividend yield approaching 4%. The stock is either really cheap, or the market is sniffing out more trouble ahead with management's current strategy. We aren't ready to jump in just yet and keep the stock out of our Top 20 Dividend Stocks portfolio for now.

    However, Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) sees value and added to his position during the third quarter as IBM reported another disappointing set of results. IBM's third-quarter revenue declined for the 14th straight quarter and came in below all 17 analysts' estimates.


  • A Young Warren Buffett Discusses the 1962 Stock Market Drop

    Here is a hidden gem of a video where a young Warren Buffett answers questions about a stock market drop in 1962.

    At 31 years old, he was already wise beyond his years — by decades.


  • Several Gurus Take New Stakes in IBM


    It was a busy quarter for IBM (NYSE:IBM) when it comes to guru purchases. Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) continued to add to his IBM position and now owns 8.35% of the company. Also, Edward Lampert, Bruce Berkowitz (Trades, Portfolio), and Tweedy Browne (Trades, Portfolio) all made sizeable initial investments in the company this past quarter. According to GuruFocus, Lampert took a 0.05% position, Berkowitz has 0.08% and Tweedy Browne (Trades, Portfolio) holds 0.03%.


  • Hillary and Citron Research Do Not Scare Goldfarb and Poppe

    Ruane Cuniff & Goldfarb was founded by William Ruane (1925- 2005). Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) always spoke highly of Ruane, both attended the same class by Graham, but the firm is also considered of guru level because of its long-term track record and strong value investing fundamental approach. The firm is best known for its Sequoia Fund Inc., which has trounced the Standard & Poor's 500 since inception in 1970. One thing to keep in mind is that Ruane Cunniff (Trades, Portfolio) focused on the intrinsic value of business, but they are committed to the long term and will buy a stock and hold it even through periods of modest overvaluation. The fund is managed by Robert Goldfarb, 67, and David Poppe, 47.

    Recently the firm has been criticized over its giant position in Valeant Pharmaceuticals (NYSE:VRX), which takes up 31% of the firm’s portfolio. Valeant recently declined sharply after Citron Research and Bronte Capital both published research material showing possible questionable business practices by the pharmaceutical company.


  • John Burbank Jumping on the Google Train

    Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG)(NASDAQ:GOOGL) aka Google is one of the most popular stocks with gurus. In the aggregated guru portfolio its weighting is fourth only to Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC), Valeant Pharmaceutical (NYSE:VRX) and Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A)(NYSE:BRK.B). Because the distribution of assets under management is quite top heavy, a few gurus heavily influence the aggregated portfolio. Valeant making the top four is also a product of a few gurus who run heavily concentrated portfolios like Glenn Greenberg (Trades, Portfolio) and Bill Ackman (Trades, Portfolio) who are betting the ranch on the troubled pharmaceutical.

    Wells Fargo, Berkshire Hathaway and Google are widely owned and important positions to many gurus. If we look at the number of gurus holding a certain stock Wells Fargo comes in at No. 1 again, but if we would add up the number of gurus holding GOOG and GOOGL it would surpass Wells Fargo easily with 31 > 26.


  • Warren Buffett Shuffles Holdings in Q3

    Warren Buffett reported his 13F filing for the third quarter on Nov. 16. His purchase of Precision Castparts (NYSE:PCP) in the third quarter was highly influential in his trading activity. According to CNBC, profits from the sale of Walmart (NYSE:WMT) and Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) during the quarter were primarily directed towards funding his investment in Precision Castparts. In comments regarding the 13F filing, Buffett reported that his sale of both stocks during the quarter was not a direct reflection of either stock’s value.


  • Warren Buffett's Berkshire Discloses AT&T, Doubles Phillips 66, Sells 3

    Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio), CEO of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A)(NYSE:BRK.B) and the world’s most famous investor, or one of his two portfolio managers, Todd Combs and Ted Weschler, disclosed ownership of one new stock in the third quarter, their updated portfolio showed Friday.

    The new third quarter new addition for Berkshire was AT&T (NYSE:T), which they received as a result of owning Directv when AT&T acquired it in July. Berkshire also doubled their stake in Phillips 66 (NYSE:PSX) and sold out of Cable One Inc. (NYSE:CABO) and Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAB), losing Directv as it became part of AT&T.


  • Why Buffett Really Sold Walmart and Goldman Sachs

    CNBC interviewed Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) today and it yielded a few important insights regarding the Oracle's sale of Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) and Walmart (NYSE:WMT) stock as reflected on the 13-F Buffett just filed. The sales do not reflect any lack of confidence in either company he is selling because of what he is doing with the acquisition of Precision Castparts (NYSE:PCP) for $37.2 billion. Berkshire is using some debt to fund the acquisition, but to sustain the minimum level of cash Buffett wants he still needed to sell some stock to fund the rest. The Goldman Sachs and Walmart stock he sold was held at noninsurance subsidiaries, and that is the reason why he sold it.


  • Coke in the Crosshairs: Bill Ackman’s Next Target?

    Bill Ackman is known for having something of a nasty temper – and not responding well to criticism. His brawl with fellow hedgie Carl Icahn on live TV two years ago over Herbalife (HLF) might be the most high-profile fight among financiers in history.

    Well, now Ackman is trading barbs with another long-term legend of the industry, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) partner Charlie Munger (Trades, Portfolio), over their respective positions in Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) and Coca-Cola (KO).


  • Berkshire Hathaway Buys IBM, Kraft Heinz, Phillips 66, Sells CBI, GS, Viacom

    Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio)’s investment company Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A)(NYSE:BRK.B) just reported its third quarter portfolio.

    Buffett bought The Kraft Heinz Co. (NASDAQ:KHC), Phillips 66 (NYSE:PSX), Charter Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR), General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM), Liberty Media Corporation (NASDAQ:LMCK)(NASDAQ:LMCA), International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), Suncor Energy Inc. (NYSE:SU), Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. (AXTA), Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. (NASDAQ:FOXA) and Liberty Global PLC (LBTYA) and sold Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (CBI), Viacom Inc. (VIAB), Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS), Walmart Stores Inc. (WMT), Cable One Inc. (CABO), Deere & Co. (DE), Media General Inc. (MEG), Wabco Holdings Inc. (WBC), Bank of New York Mellon Corp. (BK) during the three months ended Sept. 30, according to the most recent filings of his investment company, Berkshire Hathaway. As of Sept. 30, Berkshire Hathaway owned 48 stocks with a total value of $127.4 billion. These are the details of the buys and sells.


  • Balancing Humility and Arrogance

    “You need to balance arrogance and humility. When you buy anything, it’s an arrogant act. You’re saying: The markets are gyrating and somebody wants to sell this to me, and I know more than everyone else, so I’m gonna stand here and buy it. I’m gonna pay 1/8 more than the next guy wants to pay and buy it. That’s arrogant. And you need the humility to say: But I might be wrong. And you have to do that on everything.” – Seth Klarman (Trades, Portfolio)


  • Warren Buffett Discusses Business, Journalism, Social Media in Interview

    Warren Buffett was interviewed by Jeff Cunningham from Arizona State University's School of Journalism earlier this year. Many of the questions are related to journalism, but as with any Buffett interview, viewers will pick up nuggets of wisdom applicable to investing. My notes include the minute mark for the video below.


  • Using Your Instincts When Making Investments in Life

    I have had the luxury to travel across the world and live in countries such as the United States, Canada and the Philippines. Along the way I have come to many crossroads where I have had to make critical decisions about my life.

    I have played poker for more than 10 years and most recently I have learned that many billionaires such as Bill Gates (Trades, Portfolio), Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio), and legendary oil tycoon H.L Hunt all started out playing poker. Poker is a great way to develop your instincts in life, and that connects with investments.


  • John Buckingham Cuts Activision, Buys General Motors

    John Buckingham (Trades, Portfolio) is the chief investment officer of AFAM Capital and is the editor of "The Prudent Investor," an investment newsletter. AFAM Capital is a rapidly growing asset manager specializing in the management of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and equity portfolios.

    The hedge fund has a portfolio composed of 150 stocks with a total value of $656 million and the following are the most weighted trades based on the impact on the portfolio during the third quarter.


  • Who's the Real Genius at Berkshire Hathaway?

    After reading "The Intelligent Investor," "Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits," "Rich Dad Poor Dad" and many other books, I have realized that the best investing book I ever read is "Poor Charlie's Almanack" by Charlie Munger (Trades, Portfolio).

    The life lessons inside this book are phenomenal. Munger taught me a simple, much more in-depth way of thinking at a rational level. I am grateful that Munger took the time to write this book because it opened up an entirely new perspective for me. He talks about Benjamin Franklin being his hero, and that is where I really learned to be virtuous and frugal in all aspects of life.


  • Why Tilly's Inc. Is Undervalued

    Market Cap: 171.07 million

    Enterprise Value: $95.64 million

    Stock Price: $6.01 per share


  • The Hypocrisy of Berkshire Hathaway

    Berkshire Hathaway's (BRK.B) long-time vice chairman, Charlie Munger (Trades, Portfolio), has no qualms bashing the "unethical" practices of Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX). He recently made several public comments about the harm the company is doing to society. Like Munger, many investors find some of the company's practices to be highly questionable. Berkshire, however, has engaged in some of the same tactics for years. Munger's condemnation of Valeant may have some valid points, but should the vice chairman of the world's largest glass house really be throwing these stones?

    Investors critical of Valeant may want to apply the same view to Berkshire. Valeant has been criticized for slashing costs at acquired firms, then subsequently increasing drug prices. Berkshire, similarly, is guilty of the same practices. This could damage the company's seemingly impeccable public image and cost its investors.


  • What Buffett Won’t Say: Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting 2016

    Small investors looking to earn higher investment returns should probably skip the upcoming Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A) (NYSE:BRK.B) annual meeting.

    Every year thousands of investors flood Omaha, Neb., to listen to the words of the Oracle himself. They don't come only from the U.S.; the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting has turned into a global investing conference, drawing an increasing number of investors to the small midwest city from all over the world.


  • Growth Stock Investing Legend Ron Baron Interviews Elon Musk

    Value or growth: What is your investing style?

    Everyone thinks of Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) as a value guy. The reality is that he is a value guy, but identifying companies that can profitably grow has been the true core of his investment style for decades now.


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    ReplyGoforit - 4 weeks ago
    Very poor advice: Buffett's 85 yrs old with a life expectancy of about 5 years. If you just buy BRK, you are also paying a large premium over owning the individual stocks
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    ReplyBenfica457 - 6 months ago
    You Need to Update Warrens New Buys the info is really old and not up to date
    ReplyRobsones - 10 months ago
    Hi Gurufocus,
    When are you updating each gurus buys and sells since 11/14/14 when it was last updated?
    ReplyPurmer - 11 months ago
    Just buy Berkshire Hathway and relax for the rest of your live. Don,t outsmart Buffet
    ReplyDusty506 - 1 year ago
    Correction.. that's operating cash flow divided by shares outstanding. then divide that by earnings per share
    ReplyDusty506 - 1 year ago
    [email protected],
    try price to operating cash value. and then compare that ratio to price to earnings . I found wells fargo and davita to have the highest of any stocks I've fooled around with. wells is 2.72 and davita is 2.44. also enr is 3.01. They're competitors of Duracell. still just experimenting
    ReplyGurufocus - 1 year ago
    @Rdonehow: List those with share number changes of more than 20%, or impact to portfolio more than 0.1%.
    ReplyRdonehow - 1 year ago
    Same question as Jimmyjam.
    ReplyRdonehow - 1 year ago
    I have the same question.
    ReplyJimmyjam - 1 year ago
    Berkshire buys 3M shares of GM, a 10% increase. Why not listed in latest stock picks?
    ReplyAnurag.mital@facebook - 1 year ago
    there are a lot bad data on the web site
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    ... and is not fixed yet!
    ReplyJandup - 1 year ago
    Why is the dividend reported on Gurufocus for AAPL much higher than other sources. Is it correct?
    ReplyHamed.dadgour@yahoo - 1 year 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 - 1 year 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 - 1 year ago
    ReplyGurufocus - 1 year 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 - 1 year 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,

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    ReplyBuy land - 1 year ago
    Why does the chart show that DVA has different current prices? Any ideas?
    ReplyLacatena - 2 years 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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