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52-Week Low Stocks in Berkshire Hathaway’s Portfolio: Exxon Mobil Corp., WalMart Stores, Iron Mountain, Sanofi-Aventis, NRG Energy, The CocaCola Company, GlaxoSmithKline

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Unless you sell stock short, you would agree with me that the lower the stock price you pay for a stock, the better. The recent stock market correction should be a welcome event for long term investors. In case you do not know what just happened in the past two months, the recent market correction marks one of the fastest declines in history in terms of speed, symbolized by the “Flash Crash” on May 6. But even the fastest decline will eventually run out of steam, brave investors will pick up chips on the cheap, and the market will start to move up again. If the market is sufficiently low, even the doomsayers come around and call the market bottom.

Short of the market extremes such as March 2009, normally you will always hear opinions from both bears and bulls; for every seller, there is a buyer, and vice versa. Last week, fund manager John Hussman stated that the US economy is going into the second leg of recession; and then this morning we saw another fund manager Jame Altucher wrote an piece entitled “Seven Reasons the S&P 500 Is Going to 1500”. Altucher’s point is, stock market is cheap and even that, you do not have to buy the whole market. He mentioned a number of blue chips names and you are better served to read his WSJ article.

James Altucher was interviewed by Yahoo! Finance today to discuss his bullish position:



At GuruFocus, we observe a large number of stocks that owned by some of the most renowned stock pickers are at or near their 52-week lows.

This is the list of stocks in the Berkshire Hathaway’s portfolio that are at or near their 52-week lows:

Ticker Company % Above 52W Low Shares % Weighting as of 2010-03-31
XOM Exxon Mobil Corp. 0.0 421,800 0.06%
WMT WalMart Stores Inc. 0.9 39,037,142 4.26%
IRM Iron Mountain Inc. 1.8 7,794,800 0.42%
SNY SanofiAventis 3.2 3,903,933 0.29%
NRG NRG Energy Inc. 3.6 6,000,000 0.25%
KO The CocaCola Company 4.1 200,000,000 21.6%
GSK GlaxoSmithKline plc 4.3 1,510,500 0.11%


Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM)

Exxon Mobil Corporation's principal business is energy, involving exploration for, and production of, crude oil and natural gas, manufacturing of petroleum products and transportation and sale of crudeoil, natural gas and petroleum products. Exxon Mobil Corp. has a market cap of $292.95 billion; its shares were traded at around $57.46 with a P/E ratio of 13 and P/S ratio of 0.9. The dividend yield of Exxon Mobil Corp. stocks is 3.1%. Exxon Mobil Corp. had an annual average earning growth of 11.2% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Exxon Mobil Corp. the business predictability rank of 3.5-star.

James Altucher discussed this stock in his article and in the interview.

WalMart Stores Inc. (WMT)

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is the world's largest retailer. Walmart Stores Inc. has a market cap of $180.18 billion; its shares were traded at around $48.57 with a P/E ratio of 12.9 and P/S ratio of 0.4. The dividend yield of Walmart Stores Inc. stocks is 2.5%. Walmart Stores Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 11.1% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Walmart Stores Inc. the business predictability rank of 5-star.

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Iron Mountain Inc. (IRM)

Iron Mountain Incorporated is one of the world's largest records and information management services company. Iron Mountain Inc. has a market cap of $4.51 billion; its shares were traded at around $22.16 with a P/E ratio of 22.4 and P/S ratio of 1.5. The dividend yield of Iron Mountain Inc. stocks is 1.1%. Iron Mountain Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 13.5% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Iron Mountain Inc. the business predictability rank of 4-star.

Sanofi-Aventis (SNY)

Sanofi-Aventis is a global pharmaceutical company that contributes to enhance life by providing medicines, vaccines, and integrated healthcare solutions adapted to local needs and means primarily in Europe and the United States. Sanofiaventis has a market cap of $77.54 billion; its shares were traded at around $29.47 with a P/E ratio of 6.3 and P/S ratio of 1.9. The dividend yield of Sanofiaventis stocks is 3.7%.

NRG Energy Inc. (NRG)

NRG Energy Inc owns and operates a diverse portfolio of power-generating facilities, primarily in the United States. Nrg Energy Inc. has a market cap of $5.43 billion; its shares were traded at around $21.37 with a P/E ratio of 18.9 and P/S ratio of 0.6. Nrg Energy Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 36.7% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Nrg Energy Inc. the business predictability rank of 3-star.

The CocaCola Company (KO)

The Coca-Cola Company is the world's largest beverage company and is the producer and marketer of soft drinks. The Cocacola Company has a market cap of $116.35 billion; its shares were traded at around $50.43 with a P/E ratio of 15.8 and P/S ratio of 3.8. The dividend yield of The Cocacola Company stocks is 3.5%. The Cocacola Company had an annual average earning growth of 8.9% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated The Cocacola Company the business predictability rank of 3.5-star.

GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK)

GlaxoSmithKline is one of the world's research based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies and is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. Glaxosmithkline Plc has a market cap of $96.68 billion; its shares were traded at around $34.13 with a P/E ratio of 8.5 and P/S ratio of 2.2. The dividend yield of Glaxosmithkline Plc stocks is 5.8%. Glaxosmithkline Plc had an annual average earning growth of 6.8% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Glaxosmithkline Plc the business predictability rank of 3-star.

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