Berkshire Hathaway’s 15 Largest Stock Holdings
Widely considered the most successful investor of the 20th century, Warren Buffett knows a thing or two about investing. Not onlys is Buffett the primary shareholder, chairman and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A), he is also an expert in valuations, business and common sense. The average investor can take a sneak peak into Berkshire Hathaway’s portfolio through its Aug. 15 13F SEC filing. Wall Street Insanity took a peek in order to bring you Berkshire Hathaway’s top 15 holdings as of June 30, based on holdings values calculated at 2 p.m. Aug. 15.:
15. Liberty Media (LMCA)
$784.6 million worth of stock, roughly 4.7 percent of the value of the company. If you’re not familiar, Liberty Media owns a variety of companies within the media space, including minority investments in public companies such as Barnes & Noble, Inc., Time Warner Inc., Time Warner Cable, Inc., Viacom Inc. and Sprint Nextel Corporation.
14. Washington Post (WPO)
$992.2 million worth of stock, roughly 23.3 percent of the value of the company. The Washington Post Company is a diversified education and media company. The Company’s Kaplan subsidiary provides a variety of educational services.
13. General Motors (GM)
Berkshire Hathaway dramatically upped its position within the infamous American automaker to $1.39 billion—roughly 2.7 percent of the company—during the second quarter this year. Strong auto sales and rising household wealth has helped the industry as of late.
12. Phillips 66 (PSX)
$1.55 billion worth of stock, roughly 4.5 percent of the total market capitalization. Rising oil prices have helped much of the oil sector in recent months
11. Moody’s (MCO)
11.3 percent of the company, roughly $1.60 billion in value.
10. ConocoPhillips (COP)
$1.63 billion worth of Conoco Phillips, roughly 2 percent of the company. As oil prices continue higher, revenues of the company should improve.
9. DaVita (DVA)
Roughly 14.8 percent of the company with $1.77 billion value.
8. DirecTV (DTV)
6.2 percent of DirecTV, roughly $2.24 billion in total value.
7. US Bancorp (USB)
Berkshire Hathway increased its stake in US Bancorp by 24.7 percent to $2.87 billion—roughly 4.3 percent of the company— during the second quarter this year. As interest rates continue higher, net interest margins should expand, helping revenues.
6. Wal-Mart Stores (WMT)
$3.66 billion worth of stock in our nation’s largest retailer, roughly 1.5 percent of the total company. Earlier in the month Wal-Mart reported a weak quarter as a result of rising fuel prices and stalled wage growth.
5. Procter & Gamble (PG)
1.9 percent of the company, roughly $4.25 billion in total value. P&G has long been a staple of the conservative investing portfolio.
4. American Express (AXP)
$11.35 billion in stock, roughly 14.1 percent of the total market capitalization. Shares of American Express have done quite well this year, in line with the financial sector. Rising interest rates coupled with extremely low delinquencies has allowed the company to generate strong earnings growth.
3. International Business Machines (IBM)
Berkshire Hathaway maintains some exposure to large cap technology through its 6.2 percent stake in IBM. The value of this position is monumental at $12.67 billion.
2. Coca-Cola (KO)
9 percent of Coca-Cola, roughly $15.64 billion in total value. While soda growth has stalled in recent years, the company is looking to diversify its revenues streams for sustainable long-term growth.
1. Wells Fargo (WFC)
8.7 percent of the company, roughly $20 billion in total value. Berkshire Hathaway’s largest holding as of June 30, Wells Fargo has done very well so far this year. Shares are up more than 24 percent year-to-date as the housing recovery drives the demand for mortgages. Our nation’s largest mortgage lender stands to benefit from rising interest rates, rising demand and improving credit quality.
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