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Holly LaFon
Holly LaFon
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Quarterly Warren Buffett Contest Begins

Pick two stocks you think Buffett bought in the first quarter

The Warren Buffett contest is on.

How to participate

Guess two stocks that Warren Buffett bought in the first quarter. Post them and their symbols in the “comments” section below.

(Possible stocks include those bought by one of his co-portfolio managers, Ted Weschler and Todd Combs.)

How to win

When Buffett announces the stocks he bought through his company, Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A)(NYSE:BRK.B), if two of your guesses match, you win. Buffett’s first-quarter portfolio is due to be released on or around May 15.

What you win

Compared to previous contests, we’ve lowered the number of guesses participants have to get right from three to two. We did this because the new prize is GuruFocus founder Charlie Tian’s new book, “Invest Like a Guru,” and he wants more people to get to read it.

If you win, you'll get an email and will have the book shipped to you.

What happened before

In the previous quarter, Buffett’s stock shopping resulted in some purchases; he bought Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV), Monsanto (NYSE:MON) and Sirius XM (NASDAQ:SIRI), and added shares to five other positions, like Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL). He has shown a special affinity for airlines in recent months, particularly for American Airlines (NASDAQ:AAL), Delta (NYSE:DAL) and the subject of a public relations fiasco involving the manhandling of a passenger that resulted in litigation, United Continental Airlines (NYSE:UAL).

In all, Buffett’s public stock portfolio contains 47 holdings, most extensively weighted in financial services and consumer defensive sectors. As always, he abides by the stock-picking mantra of “good companies at fair prices."

What to do now

Read Buffett’s mind to decide what companies would get his approval right now. When you know, enter two in the “comments” section. Then, wait to get an email confirming your Buffett-esque investing skills.

Good luck.

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About the author:

Holly LaFon
I'm a financial journalist with a master of science in journalism from Medill at Northwestern University.

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Rating: 5.0/5 (4 votes)

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yellowfin46
Yellowfin46 - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

PSX

AAL

tiftlan
Tiftlan - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

Apple - AAPL

Delta Airline - DAL

naivdu28
Naivdu28 - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

LSXMA

LSXMK

fung9815
Fung9815 - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

Do LSXMA, LSXMK and AAPL count? They are all publicly announced.

cirros
Cirros premium member - 1 year ago

LSXMA

LSXMK

tmahajan
Tmahajan premium member - 1 year ago

LSXMK

AAPL

Mark Yu
Mark Yu - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

More AAPL and PSX

Holly LaFon
Holly LaFon premium member - 1 year ago

Right, LSXMA and LSXMK don't count.

jlhpersonal
Jlhpersonal premium member - 1 year ago

UAL, AAL

richday101
Richday101 premium member - 1 year ago

I haven't see any news that Berkshire purchased LSXMA or LSXMK in 1Q-2017. The LSXMA and LSXMK Buys shown on GuruFocus were made in April which is the 2Q-2017, not 1Q.

The 1Q purchase of AAPL was announced by Warren on CNBC, but I haven't seen anything on LSXMA or LSXMK. Could anyone point out the announcements of Buys of LSXMA or LSXMK in 1Q.

Thanks.

adam.okhai
Adam.okhai - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

AAPL, GM

lee9221
Lee9221 - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

Verisign, IBM

jlw4dw
Jlw4dw premium member - 1 year ago

LUV, UAL

Bomtech83
Bomtech83 - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

AAPL DAL

ebiselli
Ebiselli - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

AAPL DAL

use13usa
Use13usa premium member - 1 year ago

SIRI and LUV

Sebastianus
Sebastianus - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

MON

LUV

eguruguy
Eguruguy premium member - 1 year ago

BATRA

DOW

TonyValdez
TonyValdez - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

DAL, MON

TonyValdez
TonyValdez - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

SIRI, LUV

RomanTrader
RomanTrader - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

"Post them and their symbols...". Apple (AAPL), Wells Fargo (WFC)

bunahan
Bunahan premium member - 1 year ago

CSU.TO

CHRW

cowsbestfriend
Cowsbestfriend - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

Coke KO

Apple APPL

Nadrojiskool
Nadrojiskool - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

Apple (AAPL)

Wells Fargo (WFC)

mfinn
Mfinn - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

DAL

CSCO

sammtroup
Sammtroup - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

aapl

luv

ganweilin
Ganweilin - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

DAL

AAPL

longrun
Longrun - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

COST, HD

swkissner
Swkissner - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

Two Stocks:

Monsanto (MON)

Siri XM (SIRI)

hopeamerica
Hopeamerica - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

AAPL, DAL

clemo69
Clemo69 premium member - 1 year ago

LSXMK, LILA

fdf965
Fdf965 - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

I think... MA, VRSN.

chihin
Chihin - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

UAL, DAL

bobbit
Bobbit premium member - 1 year ago

UAL, AAPL

gilliamt
Gilliamt premium member - 1 year ago

LSXMA

LSXMK

Ksch
Ksch - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

PYPL

GILD

ccastillo11
Ccastillo11 premium member - 1 year ago

PSX

DAL

davidsmarty
Davidsmarty - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

Apple (AAPL), Wells Fargo (WFC)

smokebudda11
Smokebudda11 - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

Apple (APPL)

SiriusXM (SIRI)

shb600
Shb600 premium member - 1 year ago

CAT

M

bkhodja
Bkhodja premium member - 1 year ago

AAPL, MSFT

mscott9
Mscott9 premium member - 1 year ago

SIRI, AAPL

jimengwealth
Jimengwealth - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

M, DIS

oliver.baron
Oliver.baron - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

GT, BIG

larryburnette
Larryburnette - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

AAPL, PSX

ppabishag
Ppabishag - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

Apple (AAPL)

Wells Fargo (WFC)

Sylverlee
Sylverlee - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

Southwest Airlines (LUV), United Airlines (UAL)

mroberts65
Mroberts65 - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

AAPL, LUV

richday101
Richday101 premium member - 1 year ago

LSXMA - Liberty SiriusXM Group Series A

LSXMK - Liberty SiriusXM Group Series C

Fung9815 please note: LSXMA, LSXMK, APPL have NOT been announced as 1Q Buys.

fung9815
Fung9815 - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

@Richday101 - you are right on Sirius, but Mr Buffett clearly stated in a CNBC interview that he bought more Apple in 1Q (before the 4Q results).

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/02/27/billionaire-investor-warren-buffett-speaks-with-cnbcs-becky-quick-on-squawk-box.html

Buffett: Since we're not buying it now — it's at a price different than I would buy it now. But we bought a lot more Apple after year end.

richday101
Richday101 premium member - 1 year ago

Including AAPL was a error on my part as I wrote above: "The 1Q purchase of AAPL was announced by Warren on CNBC, but I haven't seen anything on LSXMA or LSXMK".

Fung9815 Thanks for confirming Berkshire did NOT announce 1Q Buys for LSXMA or LSXMK.

jimt47
Jimt47 - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

LUV

MON

ariqtan
Ariqtan - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

PSX

IBM

dhimant
Dhimant - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

MON

DAL

sjloser
Sjloser - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

BK

MON

Viacheslav
Viacheslav - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

United Continental Holdings UAL

Delta Air Lines DAL

zarges
Zarges - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

KO and COST

savoiem2
Savoiem2 - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

GE

LSXMA

frankwangesq
Frankwangesq premium member - 1 year ago

LSXMK

AAPL

Income Investors Editorial Desk
Income Investors Editorial Desk - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

LSXMA

AAPL

Holly LaFon
Holly LaFon premium member - 1 year ago

Apple (AAPL) is disallowed from the contest. All else is a go. Thanks.

richday101
Richday101 premium member - 1 year ago

Holly, I did not understand your message "we know he didn't buy any (referring to LSKMA and LSKMX) in the first quarter. It wouldn't make sense to pick it".

Perhaps you know something I didn't pick up. As a result, I'll change my selection to 2 other stocks:

LUV - Southwest Airlines & MON - Monsanto

rabaics
Rabaics - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

GS
AXP

Earl.Nancy
Earl.Nancy premium member - 1 year ago

BLDR

LE

getoutofthecubicle
Getoutofthecubicle - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

UAL

COST

Earl.Nancy
Earl.Nancy premium member - 1 year ago

BLDR

LE

dhartsock
Dhartsock - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

DIS, GOOGL (or GOOG)

ccfaaron
Ccfaaron - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

PSX

AAPL

Partnersh
Partnersh - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

LUV

UAL

kapil007
Kapil007 - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

TSCO

BDX

errold
Errold premium member - 1 year ago

DAL

LUV

cpsava
Cpsava - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

W W Grainger Inc (NYSE:GWW)

McKesson (MCK)

srinivasan2
Srinivasan2 premium member - 1 year ago

LUV

DAL

swnyc2
Swnyc2 - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

SIRI and PSX

E.Nazeraj
E.Nazeraj - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

Linamar Corp LIMAF

Sirius XM Holdings Inc SIRI

Why he has never invested in any canadian company?

mickeyo07
Mickeyo07 - 1 year ago    Report SPAM

American Airlines (AAL), Delta (DAL)

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