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Latest Picks From Bill Gates Foundation: Buys Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, Wal-Mart Stores, Sells Costco, CSX Corp, Expeditors International

February 14, 2013 | About:
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This is the latest stock picks from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust. The foundation’s portfolio is run by Michael Larson. If you look at the portfolio, it is a lot like the holdings of Warren Buffett. It is filled with a list of large cap high quality companies.

Bill Gates may not run this portfolio on day-to-day basis. But under the influence of Warren Buffett, Bill Gates has transformed himself from one of the smart businessman in the world to a good investor. Even Charlie Munger gave Bill Gates credit for bring the idea of railway investment to Buffett. Gates himself benefited tremendously from the investment in Canadian Railway.

Bill Gates Foundation buys Coca-Cola Co, Procter & Gamble Co, Wal-Mart Stores Inc, Willis Group Holdings PLC, Signet Jewelers Ltd, Autoliv, Inc., Orbotech, Ltd., sells Costco Wholesale Corporation, CSX Corp, Expeditors International of Washington, Inc., Cemex, S.A.B. de C.V., Comcast Corp, The Greater China Fund, Inc. during the 3-months ended 12/31/2012, according to the most recent filings of his investment company, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust. As of 12/31/2012, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust owns 26 stocks with a total value of $16.8 billion. These are the details of the buys and sells.

For the details of Bill Gates's stock buys and sells, go to http://www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Bill+Gates

These are the top 5 holdings of Bill Gates

  1. Berkshire Hathaway Inc (BRK.B) - 87,081,373 shares, 46.5% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 6.7%
  2. Coca-Cola Co (KO) - 34,002,000 shares, 7.3% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 45.53%
  3. Coca-Cola Femsa, S.A.B. de C.V. (KOF) - 6,214,719 shares, 5.5% of the total portfolio.
  4. Caterpillar Inc (CAT) - 10,260,857 shares, 5.5% of the total portfolio.
  5. McDonald's Corporation (MCD) - 9,872,500 shares, 5.2% of the total portfolio.


New Purchase: Willis Group Holdings PLC (WSH)

Bill Gates Foundation initiated holdings in Willis Group Holdings PLC. His purchase prices were between $33.22 and $37.32, with an estimated average price of $34.74. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.12%. His holdings were 602,700 shares as of 12/31/2012. Willis Group Holdings PLC was incorporated in Bermuda on February 8, 2001. Willis Group Holdings Plc has a market cap of $6.47 billion; its shares were traded at around $37.31 with a P/E ratio of 17.301 and P/S ratio of 1.9294. The dividend yield of Willis Group Holdings Plc stocks is 2.89%. Willis Group Holdings Plc had an annual average earnings growth of 3.2% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Willis Group Holdings Plc the business predictability rank of 2.5-star.

New Purchase: Signet Jewelers Ltd (SIG)

Bill Gates Foundation initiated holdings in Signet Jewelers Ltd. His purchase prices were between $48.8 and $56.49, with an estimated average price of $52.37. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.06%. His holdings were 187,130 shares as of 12/31/2012. Signet Jewelers Ltd is a retailer of jewelry, watches and associated services. Signet Jewelers Ltd has a market cap of $5.06 billion; its shares were traded at around $62.47 with a P/E ratio of 15.2905 and P/S ratio of 1.3778. The dividend yield of Signet Jewelers Ltd stocks is 0.77%.

New Purchase: Autoliv, Inc. (ALV)

Bill Gates Foundation initiated holdings in Autoliv, Inc.. His purchase prices were between $55.16 and $66.36, with an estimated average price of $60.76. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.05%. His holdings were 123,600 shares as of 12/31/2012. Autoliv, Inc. is a Delaware corporation. It was created from the merger of Autoliv AB 'AAB' and the automotive safety products business of Morton International, Inc. Autoliv, Inc. has a market cap of $6.48 billion; its shares were traded at around $67.85 with a P/E ratio of 12.7551 and P/S ratio of 0.7769. The dividend yield of Autoliv, Inc. stocks is 2.78%. Autoliv, Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 5% over the past 10 years.

New Purchase: Orbotech, Ltd. (ORBK)

Bill Gates Foundation initiated holdings in Orbotech, Ltd.. His purchase prices were between $7.8 and $9.05, with an estimated average price of $8.35. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.04%. His holdings were 823,300 shares as of 12/31/2012. Orbotech Ltd. was incorporated in Israel. The Company is principally engaged in the design, development, manufacturing and marketing of yield-enhancing, production support solutions for specialized applications in the supply chain of the electronics industry, primarily for PCBs and FPDs. Orbotech, Ltd. has a market cap of $399.332 million; its shares were traded at around $9.2 with a P/E ratio of 43.6 and P/S ratio of 0.9229.

Sold Out: Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST)

Bill Gates Foundation sold out his holdings in Costco Wholesale Corporation. His sale prices were between $94.47 and $105.95, with an estimated average price of $98.25. Costco Wholesale Corporation and its subsidiaries began operations in 1983 in Seattle, Washington. Costco Wholesale Corporation has a market cap of $44.27 billion; its shares were traded at around $101.48 with a P/E ratio of 24.6914 and P/S ratio of 0.4406. The dividend yield of Costco Wholesale Corporation stocks is 1.08%. Costco Wholesale Corporation had an annual average earnings growth of 10.2% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Costco Wholesale Corporation the business predictability rank of 5-star.

Sold Out: CSX Corp (CSX)

Bill Gates Foundation sold out his holdings in CSX Corp. His sale prices were between $19.01 and $21.63, with an estimated average price of $20.3. CSX Corporation was incorporated in 1978 under Virginia law. Csx Corp has a market cap of $23.59 billion; its shares were traded at around $22.84 with a P/E ratio of 12.7877 and P/S ratio of 2.0251. The dividend yield of Csx Corp stocks is 2.36%. Csx Corp had an annual average earnings growth of 15.4% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Csx Corp the business predictability rank of 3.5-star.

Sold Out: Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. (EXPD)

Bill Gates Foundation sold out his holdings in Expeditors International of Washington, Inc.. His sale prices were between $34.36 and $39.9, with an estimated average price of $36.91. Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. was incorporated in the state of Washington in 1979 and began operations in 1981 by coordinating airfreight shipments from Asia to the U. Expeditors International Of Washington, Inc. has a market cap of $8.92 billion; its shares were traded at around $42.59 with a P/E ratio of 26.5957 and P/S ratio of 1.5288. The dividend yield of Expeditors International Of Washington, Inc. stocks is 1.31%. Expeditors International Of Washington, Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 14% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Expeditors International Of Washington, Inc. the business predictability rank of 3-star.

Sold Out: Cemex, S.A.B. de C.V. (CX)

Bill Gates Foundation sold out his holdings in Cemex, S.A.B. de C.V.. His sale prices were between $8.45 and $10, with an estimated average price of $9.07. CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. was founded in 1906. It is a public stock corporation with variable capital (S. Cemex, S.a.b. De C.v. has a market cap of $11.62 billion; its shares were traded at around $10.68 with and P/S ratio of 0.9344.

Sold Out: Comcast Corp (CMCSA)

Bill Gates Foundation sold out his holdings in Comcast Corp. His sale prices were between $35.13 and $38.09, with an estimated average price of $36.72. Comcast Corporation was incorporated under the laws of Pennsylvania in December 2001. Comcast Corp has a market cap of $106.64 billion; its shares were traded at around $40.06 with a P/E ratio of 18.3486 and P/S ratio of 1.7759. The dividend yield of Comcast Corp stocks is 1.62%. Comcast Corp had an annual average earnings growth of 24.1% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Comcast Corp the business predictability rank of 3-star.

Sold Out: The Greater China Fund, Inc. (GCH)

Bill Gates Foundation sold out his holdings in The Greater China Fund, Inc.. His sale prices were between $11.3 and $12.82, with an estimated average price of $12.03. GREATER CHINA FUND is a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company. The Greater China Fund, Inc. has a market cap of $296.6 million; its shares were traded at around $12.81 . The dividend yield of The Greater China Fund, Inc. stocks is 1.1%.

Added: Coca-Cola Co (KO)

Bill Gates Foundation added to his holdings in Coca-Cola Co by 45.53%. His purchase prices were between $35.97 and $38.58, with an estimated average price of $37.33. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 2.28%. His holdings were 34,002,000 shares as of 12/31/2012. The Coca-Cola Co was incorporated in September 1919 under the laws of the State of Delaware. Coca-cola Co has a market cap of $166.89 billion; its shares were traded at around $37.14 with a P/E ratio of 19.4553 and P/S ratio of 3.5932. The dividend yield of Coca-cola Co stocks is 2.74%. Coca-cola Co had an annual average earnings growth of 8.8% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Coca-cola Co the business predictability rank of 3.5-star.

Added: Procter & Gamble Co (PG)

Bill Gates Foundation added to his holdings in Procter & Gamble Co by 1222.34%. His purchase prices were between $66.32 and $70.76, with an estimated average price of $68.83. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.56%. His holdings were 1,500,000 shares as of 12/31/2012. Procter & Gamble Co was incorporated in Ohio in 1905, having been built from a business founded in 1837. Procter & Gamble Co has a market cap of $209.14 billion; its shares were traded at around $76.45 with a P/E ratio of 19.6464 and P/S ratio of 2.6932. The dividend yield of Procter & Gamble Co stocks is 2.94%. Procter & Gamble Co had an annual average earnings growth of 5.7% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Procter & Gamble Co the business predictability rank of 1-star.

Added: Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT)

Bill Gates added to his holdings in Wal-Mart Stores Inc by 4.72%. His purchase prices were between $67.61 and $77.15, with an estimated average price of $72.11. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.2%. His holdings were 11,103,000 shares as of 12/31/2012. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. was incorporated in Delaware in October 1969. Wal-mart Stores Inc has a market cap of $238.82 billion; its shares were traded at around $71.33 with a P/E ratio of 14.6628 and P/S ratio of 0.524. The dividend yield of Wal-mart Stores Inc stocks is 2.23%. Wal-mart Stores Inc had an annual average earnings growth of 11% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Wal-mart Stores Inc the business predictability rank of 5-star.

Here is the complete portfolio of Bill Gates. Also check out:

1. Bill Gates's Undervalued Stocks

2. Bill Gates's Top Growth Companies, and

3. Bill Gates's High Yield stocks


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