While that may seem insane given the Dow is currently at $23,500, the Dow would only need to compound at around 4% a year to hit that mark. That doesn’t seem too farfetched when you consider that an investment in the top 100 public companies in 1917 would have compounded at 5.8% and around 10% when you add in accrued dividends.
Needs No Introduction
What’s also interesting to note is that Buffett’s approach to investing has yielded Berkshire Hathaway 20%-plus annualized returns since 1965. Warren Buffett’s prolific career has received its fair share of media attention over the years, but this recent HBO documentary is one of my favorites.
So, what stocks and sector excite Mr. Buffett today? Which stocks in Warren Buffett’s portfolio may be near good entry points now? I investigate these questions in this post.
Berkshire’s Latest Form 13F Filing
On November 14, 2017, Buffett’s firm Berkshire Hathaway filed their quarterly Form 13F regulatory filing. I reviewed the 13F filing to get a sneak peek at holdings in Berkshire’s massive portfolio.
Portfolio Overview and Statistics
Berkshire’s stock portfolio totals nearly $177.7 billion according to the latest filing. The list value of stock holdings is up 9.6% when compared to the last quarter.
Berkshire’s QoQ Turnover, a measure of the level of trading activity in a portfolio, for the latest quarter was 10.6%. As indicated by the low turnover ratio the low portfolio turnover, Buffett likely has high conviction in these holdings.
The seven positions above represent 71.9% of the hedge fund’s total portfolio.
Berkshire’s Four Buys
I used finbox.io to find Buffett’s largest buys last quarter. Bank of America (BAC) noticeably tops the list. While this is the first time Bank of America investment shows up on a Form 13F filing, Berkshire made its original investment in the company during the financial crisis. Mr. Buffett made a bet on Bank of America during that turbulent economic period for the global economy and has been rewarded handsomely for doing so. Earlier this year, Berkshire exercised rights that were part of the original deal to build a stake of 679 million shares in the company, making it the largest shareholder in the bank. Berkshire has made approximately $14 billion on original $5 billion investment so far.
Berkshire’s 13F filing made headlines this week as the news media noticed that Buffett reduced Berkshire’s stake in IBM by nearly $2.5 billion. Berkshire first invested in IBM six years agoand continued adding to the position through 2015 until it owned 81 million shares valued at nearly $11 billion. Berkshire held its position until March of this year when it first sold 16.6 million shares. Berkshire has continued reducing its stake in the quarters since and owned around 37 million shares as of September 30, 2017.
Here’s a summary of the three biggest position reductions this quarter:
To find stocks in his portfolio that may be unpopular at the moment and trading at cheap valuations, I ranked his holdings by stock price declines. The table below ranks stocks in Berkshire’s portfolio by stock price declines over the last 30 days.
The next ranking table lists the stocks in Berkshire’s portfolio with the best dividend yields. Dividend seekers can appreciate stocks that earn upwards of 3.5% excluding price appreciation and are also backed by this investing legend.
The Piotroski Score is a stock score developed by Stanford accounting professor Joseph Piotroski. The stocks listed in the table below have the best Piotroski Scores. When two stocks have the same score, the larger holding is ranked higher.
There are several benefits of mimicking Berkshire Hathaway holdings. He historically has very low portfolio turnover – so he only invests when he feels a high degree of conviction in management’s ability to deliver on state objectives. Furthermore, if one of his investments hits a hiccup, he can deploy Berkshire’s multi-billion cash war chest.
If things go really really wrong, he is not shy about leveraging his stellar reputation to work through the problems. (See Solomon Brothers, Bank of America, other scandals).