Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett

Last Update: 2014-11-14

Number of Stocks: 47
Number of New Stocks: 2

Total Value: $107,785 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 2%

Countries: USA
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Warren Buffett Watch

  • How Did Coca-Cola Score on the Stalwarts Checklist?

    Last week, I used the Phil Fisher checklist to determine whether or not Apple (AAPL) was a good company to invest in. The company scored a 3.6 out of 5. The checklist feature is a way to help you dig deeper than a company’s P/E, PEG, P/B ratios and dividend yield (or as I like to call them, the “Fantastic Four”) to help decide whether or not a certain stock is a good investment. And yes, I am aware that there are other factors that come into the equation when investing.

    This week I decided to use the Peter Lynch Stalwarts checklist on Coca-Cola (KO). Unlike the Phil Fisher checklist, this one is more analytical and focuses more on the numbers and less on how the company’s work ethics and philosophies shape how the business is run.


  • An All-Star Panel Discusses Berkshire Hathaway After Buffett

    Who can get the following people in a room:

    - Author Lawrence Cunningham


  • Berkshire Hathaway Completes Investment in Restaurant Brands International Inc.

    OMAHA, NE — Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK.A)(BRK.B) (“Berkshire”) announced today that it acquired, through its wholly owned subsidiary National Indemnity Company (“NICO”), ownership and control of (a) 68,530,939 Class A 9.00% Cumulative Compounding Perpetual Preferred Shares (the “Class A Preferred Shares”) in the capital of Restaurant Brands International Inc. (the “Corporation”); and (b) one warrant (the “Warrant”, the Class A Preferred Shares and Warrant being collectively referred to as the “Securities”) to purchase 8,438,225 common shares in the capital of the Corporation (the “Common Shares”), subject to adjustment as provided therein, at an exercise price of USD $0.01 per share.

    The acquisition of the Securities was completed pursuant to the terms of a securities purchase agreement dated August 26, 2014 between the Corporation and Berkshire, as amended (the “Securities Purchase Agreement”). Berkshire assigned certain rights under the Securities Purchase Agreement, including the right to acquire the Securities, to NICO. The Securities were acquired in connection with the closing of the transaction (the “Transaction”) that was initially announced on August 26, 2014 by Tim Hortons Inc. and Burger King Worldwide, Inc.


  • Berkshire Hathaway Buys Charter Brokerage

    OMAHA, NE and NEW YORK, NY — December 12, 2014 — Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK.A)(BRK.B) is acquiring Charter Brokerage, a leading non-asset based third party logistics provider to the petroleum and chemical industries, from Arsenal Capital Partners.

    Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio), Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway said, “Charter Brokerage is a high quality business with consistently strong financial performance that fits well within Berkshire Hathaway. We are delighted to partner with Bobby Waid, CEO, and its current management team.”  

  • Warren Buffett's Company Nixes Deere, Cuts 2 Oil Companies

    Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) when buying stocks typically likes to play for keeps. Though he is loath to be too active in his trading, sometimes he sells out of a position. He has given a bit of insight into his selling philosophy in the past. In his 1988 shareholder letter, he said:

    “When we own portions of outstanding businesses with outstanding managements, our favorite holding period is forever. We are just the opposite of those who hurry to sell and book profits when companies perform well but who tenaciously hang on to businesses that disappoint. Peter Lynch aptly likens such behavior to cutting the flowers and watering the weeds.”


  • Insider Selling – A Caution Flag for Airgas Inc. Investors?

    A business that is essential for modern society is a key ingredient in Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio)’s success. You will not see Warren buying buggy whip companies. He will, however, buy companies with an “economic moat.” This moat createsstability and growth in sales.



  • Berkshire Hathaway to buy Van Tuyl Group

    In a recent announcement, Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) (BRK.B) said that it is going to acquire Van Tuyl Group, which ranks fifth among all U.S. auto dealership groups. With over $8 billion in revenue, 78 independently operated dealerships and over 100 franchises in 10 states, including Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico and Texas, it is the largest privately owned U.S. auto dealer.



  • An Extremely Brave and Focused Investor: Chris Hohn of TCI

    Investment philosophy


  • Warren Buffett to Buy Duracell

    Procter & Gamble (PG) is one of the largest and among the fastest-growing consumer goods companies across the world with its presence felt in more than 180 countries. The company deals in consumer-packaged goods. Across the world, PG serves around 4.8 billion people. The company operates in five segments – Health Care, Beauty, Family Care, Grooming and Home Care.

    In a recent announcement, Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) said that it is going to acquire Duracell of Procter and Gamble. PG was not quite happy with its Duracell business and was for quite some time now wanted to get over with Duracell.


  • Why Opko Health Is a Better Investment Than Apple

    Venture capitalists are the richest class of individuals in the world, and all of them follow one simple rule: only invest in companies with 10x potential. No mind how "safe" or "sure." If it cannot rally 10x, do not invest in it. Life is too short.

    Indeed, 2% of venture capital investments returned 95% of venture capital profits in 2012. Venture capitalists understand that investing exclusively in 10x potential means that you can be wrong 9 times out of 10 – a ratio that proves true for most venture capitalists – and still break-even.


  • A Question and Answer Session With Warren Buffett At Forbes 400 Summit On Philanthropy

    Of all the incredible things that Buffett has done, perhaps the greatest is his involvement with "the giving pledge" where he has encouraged the wealthiest in the world to leave their estates to charity.

    Here is Warren in a 30 minute Q&A session:


  • Graham Approach or Buffett Approach, Which One to Choose?

    Most readers on this forum should be pretty familiar with the Ben Graham approach versus the Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) approach – quantitative versus qualitative. Both are valid approaches in value investing but each one requires a different set of skills. Some of us may possess the skills for both approaches but most of us are better suited for only one approach. There are many similarities and differences between these two approaches. For the sake of simplicity, I will only discuss the differences related to temperament and skill set.

    The Graham approach, in my opinion, requires a substantial understanding of financial accounting and especially the balance sheet accounts because your intrinsic value calculation is heavily dependent upon the net assets value of the business. Therefore, you need to know that timbers are carried on the balance sheet at historical costs as opposed to the real value if you are investing in a timber land company. In other words, you need to be able to tell whether the assets or liabilities on the balance sheets are understated or overstated. You also need to be aware of the potential assets impairment if you invest in a teen retail business because if teenagera’ tastes change next year, your inventory may be only worth half of what it is on the balance sheet. You also need to be able to detect off-balance sheet assets and obligations. If the company you invest in is a credit guarantor of an unconsolidated entity, or the counterparty of a massive derivative contract, you need to be able to figure that out. You can’t just take stated net current asset value as the intrinsic value, although you are very tempted to do so. You also need a basket of cheap stocks for this approach to work. Concentration rarely works if you use the Graham approach.


  • November Buffett-Munger Bargain Newsletter is Ready for Download

    The Buffett-Munger Bargain newsletter is about a company that both Charlie Munger (Trades, Portfolio) and Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) have invested in on separate occasions. The company is the low-cost provider in a cyclical industry. Unlike its peers it is consistently profitable. For fundamental reasons the company is likely to remain the low-cost provider for a very long time. Because industry margins are currently depressed, the shares can be bought at a 40% discount to book value.

    “It's far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price….when buying companies or common stocks, we look for first-class businesses accompanied by first-class managements.”

    - Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) (1989)


  • Are Warren Buffett and His Favorite Private Equity Partner 3G Planning to Take A Run At Coca-Cola?

    An article from the Brazilian magazine Veja on the likelihood of Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) and his Brazilian private equity friends at 3G taking a run at control of Coca-Cola (KO):

    3G Capital, an investment company of Jorge Paulo Lemann, Marcel Telles and Carlos Alberto Sicupira, is talking with clients to capture their next fund, which, like the previous two, invest in a company in the food and beverage industry.


  • Surprisingly, Warren Buffett Buys These 8 Dividend Stocks

    Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) released recently his Portfolio movements via 13F.

    I cover his investment changes and like to share my thoughts about his latest moves with you here on my blog.


  • A Classic Morningstar Interview With 'Dhando' Investor Monish Pabrai

    From Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) Monish Pabrai has built his own investing framework.

    One key Buffett observation that Pabrai has embraced is that Buffett has become a better investor because he is a businessman.


  • Coca-Cola And Share Repurchases: 'Value Neutral'?

    “Our view on share repurchases is that share repurchases are value neutral. It is not something that grows value. It does for the short-term holder, so maybe you can get a buck in the share price, but for the long-term holder it is not something that's value enhancing.”

    That’s a quote from Gary Fayard; Fayard is the former CFO of The Coca-Cola Company (KO), a company that has spent nearly $14 billion on share repurchases over the past 36 months. That spending amounted to more than 50% of the company’s net income over that same period – spent on an action that, according to the company’s top financial executive, doesn’t add any value for the owners of the business. While it’s still early, my read on the new CFO is that she hasn’t brought a change in thought process to the role (hopefully I’m wrong).


  • IBM Is Offering Potential Investors A 10% Pretax Return

    International Business Machine Corporation (IBM) is one of the companies that Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) holds in his portfolio that is currently seeing quotional losses. It is rare for Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) to invest in a tech company; he has always avoided tech companies, but IBM is different than of tech companies. It been around since 1911 has management in place that are good at capital allocation, has above average on investment capital, strong financials, high profit margins and has a large share repurchase program in place. These are clearly the reasons that Buffett in 2011, acquired his stake in IBM. Currently the company's stock price is lower than when Buffett bought his stake, and he owns 6.5% of the company.


  • Warren Buffett and CIOs Buy DirecTV, Charter Communications, General Motors Co, Express Scripts, Sells Deere, ConocoPhillips

    Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) and CIOs Buy DirecTV, Charter Communications, General Motors Co, Express Scripts, Sells Deere, ConocoPhillips

    Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio)’s investment company Berkshire Hathaway just reported its third quarter portfolio. The portfolio is managed by Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) and his CIOs Ted Weschler and Todd Combs. They initiated one new position during the third quarter, which is Express Scripts. They also buy DirecTV, Charter Communications Inc, General Motors Co, Wal-Mart Stores Inc, DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc, sells Deere & Co, ConocoPhillips during the 3-months ended 09/30/2014, according to the most recent filings of his investment company, Berkshire Hathaway. As of 09/30/2014, Berkshire Hathaway owns 47 stocks with a total value of $107.8 billion. These are the details of the buys and sells.  

  • Tech Investing Guru Marc Andreessen Discusses The Merits of Investing In Bitcoin

    Where Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) has gotten extraordinarily wealthy by avoiding investing capital in revolutionary technologies or technology companies Marc Andreessen has gotten rich by investing exclusively in this area.

    Andreessen doesn't think that Bitcoin is a sure thing, but he does think enough of it to invest in it.


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User Comments

ReplyPurmer - 2 weeks ago
Just buy Berkshire Hathway and relax for the rest of your live. Don,t outsmart Buffet
ReplyDusty506 - 1 month ago
Correction.. that's operating cash flow divided by shares outstanding. then divide that by earnings per share
ReplyDusty506 - 1 month ago
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 - 2 months ago
@Rdonehow: List those with share number changes of more than 20%, or impact to portfolio more than 0.1%.
ReplyRdonehow - 2 months ago
Same question as Jimmyjam.
ReplyRdonehow - 2 months ago
I have the same question.
ReplyJimmyjam - 4 months ago
Berkshire buys 3M shares of GM, a 10% increase. Why not listed in latest stock picks?
ReplySkl_c9@yahoo.com - 5 months ago
ReplyAnurag.mital@facebook - 5 months ago
there are a lot bad data on the web site
ReplyManfredBognar - 6 months ago

... and is not fixed yet!
ReplyJandup - 6 months ago
Why is the dividend reported on Gurufocus for AAPL much higher than other sources. Is it correct?
ReplyHamed.dadgour@yahoo - 8 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 - 8 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 - 10 months ago
ReplyGurufocus - 11 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 - 11 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 - 1 year ago
Why does the chart show that DVA has different current prices? Any ideas?
ReplyLacatena - 1 year 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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