Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett

Last Update: 09-08-2017

Number of Stocks: 47
Number of New Stocks: 2

Total Value: $162,144 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 2%

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Warren Buffett Watch

  • Borrowing to Invest: When Is It Wise?

    Many business analysts will tell you that it is always wise to finance a part of your investment capital with debt. And to some extent, the same can be applied to the stock market. But the technicalities involved can differ in many ways.

    For businesses, combining equity capital with debt to come up with the optimal cost of capital is a common practice, especially for ongoing businesses. When it comes to investing in the stock market, though, investors are advised to use a percentage of their personal income rather than taking a loan.


  • Buffett on Berkshire Hathaway’s Future

    Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A) (NYSE:BRK.B) has been one of the best stocks to own for the past five decades, but the largest cloud currently overhanging the company is the age of its largest shareholder and leader, Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio).

    What happens to Berkshire after Buffett has been the topic of many debates, although trying to decipher what will actually happen to the conglomerate is impossible. There are many variables to consider, such as who takes over, what happens to Berkshire's largest holdings and if the company adopts a cash return policy. None of these are known today.


  • Thoughts on the Margin of Safety

    The margin of safety is an essential principle of value investing.

    Rather than trying to explain the principle myself, I am going to borrow a quote from Seth Klarman (Trades, Portfolio), one of today's best value investors:


  • Time to Consider a Barbell Portfolio?


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  • Wells Fargo Slips on Lower Earnings

    Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE:WFC) said third-quarter earnings declined 20 cents per share from the prior-year quarter as the company disclosed a $1 billion litigation accrual for mortgage-related regulatory investigations.

    Brief summary of earnings


  • Bank of America Posts Beat in 3rd Quarter

    Bank of America Corp. (NYSE:BAC) reported its financial results for the third quarter before the opening bell on Oct. 13.

    The North Carolina-based bank posted earnings per share of 48 cents, beating estimates of 45 cents. Adjusted quarterly revenue of $22.08 billion beat expectations of $21.98 billion and increased from $21.86 billion in the prior-year quarter.


  • Is Muhlenkamp on a Roll Again?

    “Our work is important because money should be used for capital, and capital is used to create the tools and conditions necessary for increasing wealth and prosperity from one generation to the next. This progression applies to families, to nations and to the world. Helping our clients and shareholders increase their wealth and prosperity enables them to feed their families, educate their children and help others.” -Ron Muhlenkamp


  • Andreas Halvorsen Dives into Deciphera Pharma

    Andreas Halvorsen (Trades, Portfolio), chief investment officer of Viking Global Investors, invested in 2,479,867 shares of Deciphera Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:DCPH) for $19.73 per share on Oct. 2, according to GuruFocus real-time picks.



  • How to Invest the Buffett Way

    Many people view Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) as the world’s greatest value investor. But while he may have started out as a value investor during the early years of his investment career, over the last few decades his strategy has morphed away from value to more of a quality bias.

    The Oracle of Omaha changed his strategy because the results started to disappear. Buying high-quality cheap stocks used to be easy, but as the financial markets have opened up, the number of high-quality stocks trading at deep value multiples has dwindled. Today, the market is littered with cheap stocks that are cheap for a reason. Few, if any, of these will make investors money.


  • The 2 Most Important Problems Investors Face

    Weitz Investment Management published an interesting quarterly commentary dealing with its game plan as stock markets march higher and higher, driven by a narrowing group of popular companies. To Weitz it all comes down to two things:

    1. When and how fast will interest rates rise?


  • Delta Profits Despite Impact From Hurricanes

    Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE:DAL) reported its results for the third quarter before the opening bell on Oct. 11.

    The Atlanta-based airline posted earnings per share of $1.57, which topped estimates of $1.53 but declined 8% year over year. Quarterly revenue of $11.06 billion beat expectations of $11.03 billion and increased 6% from the prior-year quarter.


  • How Buffett Made a $200 Million Business Out of a Bankrupt Coal Mine

    Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) has been an active investor for over seven decades in one way or another, and during this time he has made hundreds of investments. Some of these holdings, such as Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) and IBM (NYSE:IBM), are well known, but stock holdings from his early career have received less attention.

    Buffett’s early investments are, in my opinion, more interesting than current holdings because they display his deep-value orientation. Also, as he flew under the radar for the first few decades of his investing career, he was able to invest in lesser-known small-caps and special situations, the likes of which he would never be able to buy today.


  • Which Would You Rather Own: Bonds or Gold?

    Commodities don’t earn you any interest, dividends and on aggregate no substantial real capital gains either. And it’s why I’m not a fan of them. While you hold them, it’s like putting money under your mattress, only worse: they bleed away your buying power and cost you storage, insurance and possibly management fees if you have a fund/ETF. Like gold speculators, you believe that eventually somebody will pay a higher price for the gold you’ve bought. The truth is, there’s little hope of it appreciating in value or earning a return.

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  • Wells Fargo to Release 3rd-Quarter Results Friday

    Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE:WFC) will release its financial figures for the third quarter of fiscal 2017 before the opening bell on Oct. 13.

    For the quarter, analysts are expecting the bank to post earnings per share of $1.03 on average. This is a mean of 28 estimates, which ranges between a low of 95 cents and a high of $1.07. As illustrated in the chart below, EPS are expected to be flat compared to a year ago. 


  • Using Peter Lynch to Improve Your Investing

    Peter Lynch is one of the greatest investors in history. During the 13 years he ran the Fidelity Magellan Fund, he earned a compound annual return for investors of 29%, and the fund’s assets under management exploded from a tiny $18 million to $14 billion by the time he left.

    Don't buy what you know


  • It's All About the Cash Flows

    Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio)’s IBM (NYSE:IBM) experience has been an exciting play to watch from the sidelines.

    Following the Oracle of Omaha's experience  from his first sizable investment in the firm in 2011 to the first quarter of this year when he started to sell down his stake  has yielded some interesting lessons for investors.


  • Buffett’s Largest Stock Kraft Heinz Drops Near 52-Week Low

    Buffett’s top holding, packaged food company Kraft Heinz Co. (NASDAQ:KHC), has tumbled to its lowest price since April last year, though it remains above his purchase price on Friday.

    Buffett acquired 325,634,818 shares of the company, representing a 26.7% stake on July 2, 2015. The $28 billion stake consumes 17.2% of his portfolio as his largest position, ranking above other giant holdings in Wells Fargo Inc. (NYSE:WFC), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO).


  • Shrinking Margins Drag Costco Down Despite Earnings Beat

    Retailer Costco Wholesale Corp. (NASDAQ:COST) reported its results for the fourth quarter and full fiscal 2017 after the market closed on Oct. 5.

    The Issaquah, Washington-based company posted quarterly earnings of $2.08 per share, beating estimates of $2.02. Quarterly revenue of $42.3 billion beat expectations of $41.55 billion and increased 15.7% from the year-ago quarter.


  • JetBlue Airways Deserves More Respect

    I have only flown with JetBlue Airways Corp. (NASDAQ:JBLU) once, but it came up in a recent screen and I have been analyzing this industry piece by piece ever since Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A) (NYSE:BRK.B) began accumulating stock in airlines again.

    Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) recently gave an interesting interview on CNBC in which he covered a couple of broad topics, namely stock valuations.


  • Monsanto Achieves Record Seed and Genomics Revenues in Fiscal 2017

    Monsanto Co. (NYSE:MON), a major agricultural company, said seed and genomics revenues for the 12 months ending Aug. 31 reached a record $10.9 billion, driven by strong technological advances in soybean and cotton production.

    The St. Louis, Missouri-based company reported fiscal fourth-quarter net earnings of five cents per share, exceeding analyst expectations by over 35 cents per share. Full-year earnings of $5.09 per share represent a 167% increase from fiscal 2016 earnings of $2.99 per share.


  • Why Do These Fools Keep Betting Against Buffett?

    Ted Seides lost a bet against Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) when he pitted a fund of hedge funds against the S&P 500 (SPY) in a 10-year race for best performance. Buffett recently reissued the challenge and did not have to wait long for takers.

    Despite losing the bet, Seides is still a winner because he was not known nine years ago. His fund of hedge funds was ahead for at least three years or so. The bet garnered an enormous amount of publicity and Seides is now regularly invited to financial podcasts. Even though he lost the bet and the hedge fund industry is now widely ridiculed for not beating a "simple index," it probably helped him. This basically explains why now another “fool” is eager to take on Buffett. This time it is Mark Yusko:


  • US Market Starts 4th Quarter Significantly Overvalued

    On Oct. 3, Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio)’s market indicator reached 137%, a new 10-year high. Based on this valuation, the U.S. stock market is expected to return -1.4% per year.

    Buffett and Shiller market indicators keep increasing


  • CNBC's Full Interview With Warren Buffett

    Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) joined CNBC’s Becky Quick to talk about market valuation, Wednesday morning’s announcement that he invested in Pilot Flying J, bonds vs. stocks, and other topics.

    Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A)(NYSE:BRK.B) purchased a 38.6% stake in Pilot Flying J, the largest travel center company in North America. In 2023, Buffett will become the majority shareholder with an additional 41.5% equity stake while the founders, the Haslam family, will retain a 20% stake.   

  • Berkshire Hathaway Invests in Pilot Flying J

    [Omaha, NE and Knoxville, TN] (Oct. 3, 2017) – Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.A; BRK.B) (NYSE:BRK.A)(NYSE:BRK.B) (“Berkshire”) and Pilot Flying J jointly announced today that Berkshire has made a significant minority investment in Pilot Travel Centers LLC, d/b/a Pilot Flying J (“the Company”). The Haslam family will continue to own a majority of Pilot Flying J and Jimmy Haslam will remain as chief executive officer. Pilot Flying J President Ken Parent and the Company’s management team will also remain in place. The Company will continue to be headquartered in Knoxville, TN.


  • A Deep Look at Copart

    Copart Inc. (NASDAQ:CPRT), a major provider of vehicle remarketing services around the globe, gained 23.77% year to date according to GuruFocus model portfolios.

    The Buffett-Munger model portfolio invested in 404 shares on Jan. 2 as the company made Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) and Charlie Munger (Trades, Portfolio)’s top 25 list. The company’s share price increased from $27.71 to $34.42 since Jan. 2.


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