Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett

Last Update: 2014-04-14

Number of Stocks: 43
Number of New Stocks: 3

Total Value: $104,837 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 5%

Countries: USA
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Warren Buffett Watch

  • Warren Buffett's Invisible Top Holding - Bank of America

    Warren Buffett - Warren Buffett's Invisible Top Holding - Bank Of America

    Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) and Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A)(BRK.B)’s largest stock positions as of 2013 year-end are American Express Company (AXP), The Coca-Cola Company (KO), ExxonMobil Corp. (XOM) and the Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS). Instead of IBM (IBM) as the next in line though, Buffett reminded shareholders in his 2013 annual letter that the warrants he owns for Bank of America (BAC) make it tantamount to his fifth largest stock investment. It is also “one we value highly,” he said.

    Buffett’s Bank of American investment has already more than doubled. The 700 million shares his warrants entitle him to buy for $5 billion reached a value of $10.9 billion at yearend. Bank of America’s share price has gained 2.47% year to date, meaning the stake’s value has ticked upward to $11.17 billion as of Monday.


  • Use Warren Buffett and Bruce Greenwald’s Top Tips to Find Franchise Value

    Warren Buffett - Use Warren Buffett And Bruce Greenwald’s Top Tips To Find Franchise Value

    What is franchise value ?

    For some reason, there’s always mystique in the air whenever franchise value is discussed. Everybody wants it but few find it, especially in time.


  • Behind Warren Buffett’s Oil & Gas Canadian Pick

    What picks a guru from a determinate industry and geography can be hard or impossible to infer. For that reason, looking at the economic conditions surrounding the moment of the purchase, can be a whole lot more useful when looking for an investment. If there is one thing about Mr. Buffett and investing is the will to take some risk. In other words, he would prefer to buy an underperforming stock and hold on to it for some time. This is not to say that an investment by Berkshire Hathaway will only go on under those circumstances. Here it is only highlighted the fund is more likely to invest under those circumstances. And Suncor Energy (SU) may just be one example. To start presenting the case, it is worth noting the timing coincided with low Peter Lynch earnings.

    A Favorable Market Environment?


  • A Diamond in the Rough - Warren Buffett Talks Jewellery

    Warren Buffett - A Diamond In The Rough - Warren Buffett Talks Jewellery

    Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) detailed in a written letter what you should know about the business economics of the jewelry industry in general, and specifically, Borsheim’s. The letter was written shortly after the acquisition was made in 1989. Emphasis is my own with additional comments added throughout original excerpts.

    First, Buffett explains very simply the economics of the existing jewelry industry.


  • Warren Buffett - How to Value a Stock

  • Buffett's BYD Co. Investment Update

    Warren Buffett - Buffett's BYD Co. Investment Update

    Back in 2008, Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio), at the behest of his long-time friend and partner Charlie Munger (Trades, Portfolio), acquired a 9.9% stake in China’s battery and electric car company BYD Co. Ltd. (HKSE:01211). The stock abruptly soared but, unlike most of his investments, promptly plunged back down as trouble hit the company. Five years later, BYD appears to be showing signs of progress and Buffett’s investment is beginning to multiply.

    Buffett first addressed his BYD holding in his 2008 shareholder letter, casually mentioning that at his annual shareholder meeting, “The future will be represented by a new plug-in electric car developed by BYD, an amazing Chinese company in which we have a 10% interest.” The following year, his shareholder letter reported he owned 225 million shares of the company, purchased for $232 million and already worth $1.986 billion – a 756% gain.


  • Analysis of Guru Companies: Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway

    Warren Buffett - Analysis Of Guru Companies: Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway

    Of the investing gurus we follow at GuruFocus.com, six have publicly traded companies that are directly affected by their investments. They are either the chairman, chief executive officer, or the chief investing officer. I am going to examine each one of them to provide information about the guru, the company, the top holdings and an overall opinion. The companies that I will be examining are Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A), Icahn Enterprises (IEP), Leucadia National (LUK), Markel (MKL), Fairfax Financial (FFH:TSX)(FRFHF), and Loews (L). The first guru I will be examining is Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) of Berkshire Hathaway.

    The Guru


  • Gurus’ Most-Bought Stocks in Warren Buffett’s Favorite Sector – Financial Services

    Warren Buffett - Gurus’ Most-Bought Stocks In Warren Buffett’s Favorite Sector – Financial Services

    Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) has planted nearly half — 42.6% — of his Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A)(BRK.B) portfolio into the financial services sector. His second highest weighted sector — consumer defensive — comes in at a distant 25.2%. His increasing allocation of funds in the financial sector signals an increasing confidence in the prospects of American banks and financial institutions. In fact, this is the most exposed to the financial sector he has been since mid-2006.

    Buffet asserted in his 2013 annual letter that, when selecting stocks, “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.”


  • Lountzis Asset Management - The Future of Berkshire Hathaway Without Warren E. Buffett


    Berkshire Hathaway remains our firm’s largest holding and, while we have discussed the company in the past, several clients have asked the question, "What is the future of Berkshire Hathaway should Mr. Buffett no longer be the CEO for a variety of reasons?" In response, we would like to share our thoughts on this unique enterprise and the irreplaceable and extraordinary Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) who created and continues to guide the firm.


  • Experiencing the Wonder of Compound Knowledge

    Warren Buffett - Experiencing The Wonder Of Compound Knowledge

    “Read 500 pages like this every day. That's how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest.”

    Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio)


  • How to Benefit from Studying Warren Buffett - Dave Sather of Sather Financial

  • Buffett’s 2013 Letter to Shareholders – Investment Strategy & Outlook and the Valuation of Businesses

    Now that the initial excitement over the release of Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio)’s 2013 letter to Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A)(BRK.B) shareholders has died down, it is useful to look past the deluge of “key takeaway” articles from around the blogosphere, and carefully study his commentary to glean valuable investment insights, particularly in the context of new all-time high valuations for common stocks.

    Before delving into what I believe is extremely useful (and timely) guidance from Buffett on the valuation of businesses, I will first examine the 2013 Berkshire Hathaway business highlights as outlined in the opening The Year at Berkshire section of the letter. A considered reading of these highlights reveals much about Buffett’s current investment strategy and outlook in such a richly priced environment for common stocks and fixed income securities.


  • The Stocks Buffett Is Increasing His Ownership in Through Buybacks

    Warren Buffett - The Stocks Buffett Is Increasing His Ownership In Through Buybacks

    Investors often look for companies that are aggressive in repurchasing their own shares. Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) is no exception. He sees two primary benefits of the practice:


  • Warren Buffett on Squawk Box - State of Wells Fargo and US Bank, Advice to Income Investors

  • Buffett Appears on Squawk Box - Anti-Bitcoin, Weather Slowing Rail Shipping Oil, His NBA Bracket

  • The End of the Bull Market

    Is the bull market about to end?

    Leading value investors have long used a handful of fundamental indicators to determine where the stock market stands at any given time.


  • Warren Buffett's Berkshire to Acquire Graham Holdings' TV Station

    From Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio)'s Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A)(BRK.B) and Graham Holdings (GHC):

    WASHINGTON, DC/OMAHA, NE—March [12], 2014— Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC) and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.A; BRK.B) announced today that they have reached an agreement in principle for Berkshire to acquire a wholly-owned subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company, which will include WPLG, a Miami-based television station, a number of Berkshire shares currently held by Graham Holdings Company and an amount of cash, in exchange for approximately 1.6 million shares of Graham Holdings Class B common stock currently owned by Berkshire Hathaway. The specific number of shares of each company and the amount of cash will be determined on the closing date based on certain factors, including the market prices of the shares of both companies at that time. No binding agreement has yet been signed in connection with the transaction. The transaction is subject to agreement on definitive documentation, and will be subject to regulatory approvals and other customary conditions. In addition there will be certain termination rights relating to minimum trading prices of the stock of each company immediately prior to closing and to a minimum value of the television station for purposes of the transaction on the closing date.


  • Buffett on How to Think About Stocks

    Warren Buffett - Buffett On How To Think About Stocks

    “Investment is most intelligent when it is most businesslike.” – Ben Graham, The Intelligent Investor

    This is the time of year that I always look forward to for a variety of reasons. Spring is near in my area of the U.S., college basketball tournaments will be captivating audiences around the country, the azaleas will soon be in full bloom at Augusta National Golf Club (the site of my favorite golf major), and my personal favorite: the slew of annual reports and shareholder letters that begin making their way across my desk and into my email box.


  • Self Examination and a Little Coke

    Warren Buffett - Self Examination And A Little Coke

    For a period of more years than I would care to admit, I’ve been fortunate to continually add to my collection of investment books, including the ever required reading of the classics, "Security Analysis" of Graham and Dodd fame, "The Intelligent Investor" by Benjamin Graham, "Margin of Safety" by Seth Klarman (Trades, Portfolio) and many others. Of all of the books mentioned in this article, these are among my favorites, and I can safely recommend them to all investors. They should all be included in your library as prized possessions.

    Most recently, I found myself re-reading a great book on Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio)’s investment strategy called "The Essential Buffett" by Robert G. Hagstrom. Hagstrom concludes his book with a final chapter entitled, “Learning From the Best.” He explains that Buffett worked around some of the best investors in the past and had also learned extensively by reading from some of the other greats. Says Buffett:


  • Revisiting Buffett: Birds in the Bush, Speculation and Business Ownership

    Warren Buffett - Revisiting Buffett: Birds In The Bush, Speculation And Business Ownership

    I was recently watching Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio)’s 2001 presentation to Terry College students that is available at the bottom of the page. I was intrigued by his reference to Aesop as my mother use to read a lot to me as a child, and the fables from Aesop were some of my favorite parables and stories that I can remember. I still have the book to this day.

    Starting at 23:00 minutes in, Buffett receives a question regarding a mathematical approach to calculating intrinsic value and answers that he wrote about it “last year,” or in the 2000 Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A)(BRK.B) letter to shareholders. He goes on to say how Aesop did not fully have the statement, “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush,” and that he needed to add how likely it is that there are birds in the bush and how long it will take to capture the birds from the bush?


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User Comments

ReplyHamed.dadgour@yahoo - 4 days 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 - 3 weeks 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 - 2 months ago
ReplyGurufocus - 3 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 - 3 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 - 4 months ago
Why does the chart show that DVA has different current prices? Any ideas?
ReplyLacatena - 4 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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