Meet the 2015 Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway Stocks

16-Mar-2015

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Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A) has made its quarterly filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission for its holdings as of December 31, 2014. For all practical purposes, this filing is a fresh representation of Warren Buffett’s 2015 stock holdings — with many big changes!

As a reminder, well over half of Buffett’s and Berkshire Hathaway’s total equity holdings are still concentrated in just four stocks: Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC), International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM), Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) and American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP). Another issue to consider is that some of the investments in key companies are no longer held in public stocks. Berkshire Hathaway invested $3 billion in 2009 into preferred shares of Dow Chemical Co. (NYSE: DOW), and it invested $5 billion for preferred shares and warrants in Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC) in 2011.

Key changes seen for 2015 were in common shares of Deere & Co. (NYSE: DE) due to an amended filing, while ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) was eliminated. Express Scripts Holding Co. (NASDAQ: ESRX) and Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) also were both eliminated. Restaurant Brands International Inc. (NYSE: QSR) was listed as a new stake.

24/7 Wall St. has changed the order of the full 2015 holdings to represent the key four largest positions first, and the second page includes all the remaining holdings. That is also where the changes are recorded in share count and in new and eliminated holdings.

American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) was again roughly the same number at more than 151 million shares. This number of shares has been static for years. Here is the Bull and Bear Case for American Express in 2015, with a projected 7.2% gain.

Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) was yet again the same stake of around 400 million shares. Buffett’s stake in Coca-Cola has remained static for years. Here is the Bull and Bear Case for Coca-Cola in 2015, with an expected 7.2% gain.

International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) was HIGHER AGAIN at 76.971 million shares. This was against 70.478 million shares last quarter and 70.173 million shares previously. Here is the Bull and Bear Case for IBM in 2015, with an expected 7.8% gain.

Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) was the again same stake again at 463.458 million shares. Buffett used to add to the stake every quarter but his stake has reached a peak after years of growing.

The remaining stocks in the full list of Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway stock holdings as of December 31, 2014, are as follows:

Bank of New York Mellon Corp. (NYSE: BK) was SLIGHTLY LOWER AGAIN at 22.012 million shares, versus 23.377 million shares last quarter. This used to be static at 24.6 million shares.

Charter Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) was a HIGHER STAKE yet again at 6.198 million shares versus 4.95 million shares previously. This was a new stake in 2014.

Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. (NYSE: CBI) was the same stake at 10.701 million shares, after having been raised in 2014 and in 2013.

ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) was ELIMINATED ENTIRELY, after having been cut to only 471,994 shares in the prior quarter.

Costco Wholesale Corp. (NASDAQ: COST) was the same stake at 4,333,363 shares.

DaVita Inc. (NYSE: DVA) was a HIGHER STAKE AGAIN at 38.565 million. This is up from 37.621 million shares at the end of September, but we had seen filings in the fourth quarter that telegraphed the higher holdings. As a reminder, Buffett has entered into a standstill agreement not to buy more than 25% of the company, after already having increased the stake in prior quarters.

Deere & Co. (NYSE: DE) is strange because it was eliminated previously, but now it registers as a NEW HOLDING of 17.096 million shares. An amended filing from September clarified that it was previously less than 8 million shares.

DirecTV (NASDAQ: DTV) was HIGHER AGAIN at 31.353 million shares, after having been 30 million.

Express Scripts Holding Co. (NASDAQ: ESRX) was ELIMINATED, after having just been a new stake of 449,489 shares.

Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) was ELIMINATED as a holding after having been 41.129 million shares, and it had previously been raised as a stake in 2014.

General Electric Corp. (NYSE: GE) was the same stake of 10.585 million shares, but this was raised earlier in 2014 and had been telegraphed before because of the warrants. Here is the Bull and Bear Case for GE in 2015, with an expected 17% gain.

General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) was a LARGER STAKE again at 41 million shares. This stake was 40 million shares previously, and it had been raised in 2014.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) was the same stake of 12.631 million shares.

Graham Holdings Co. (NYSE: GHC) is the remains of Washington Post and was the same stake at 107,575 shares. This is down from prior reports of 1.727 million shares, but the prior sale had been telegraphed.

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) was the same tiny stake of only 327,100 shares, but this is much lower than in years past.

Kraft Foods Group Inc. (NASDAQ: KRFT) was the same small stake of only 192,666 shares, but this used to be much higher.

Lee Enterprises Inc. (NYSE: LEE) was the same size of only 88,863 shares, but a deal in 2013 may have given more leverage on the debt size.

Liberty Media Corp. (NASDAQ: LMCA) was the same stake at 4 million shares, but the team still shows about 8 million shares of the Class C structure.

Liberty Global PLC (NASDAQ: LBTYA) was listed as 10.816 million shares, SLIGHTLY HIGHER in the A Shares by about 415,000 shares, but there is the same 7.346 million of the Class C.

M&T Bank Corp. (NYSE: MTB) was the same position at 5.38 million shares — same as always.

MasterCard Inc. (NYSE: MA) was a LARGER STAKE AGAIN at 5.399 million shares, versus 4,715,400 shares before, and up from 4,050,000 shares before that.

Media General Inc. (NYSE: MEG) was the same position of 4.64 million shares.

Mondelez International Inc. (NASDAQ: MDLZ) is the same position again at 578,000 shares, but this remains far lower than in the past.

Moody’s Corp. (NYSE: MCO) was the same position of 24.669 million shares yet again, but this is lower than before.

National Oilwell Varco Inc. (NYSE: NOV) was a LOWER STAKE AGAIN at 5.258 million. This had been 6.382 million shares before and was down from 7.302 million shares in June.

NOW Inc. (NYSE: DNOW) was the same stake of 1.825 million shares.

Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX) was SLIGHTLY INCREASED to 6.567 million shares, after having been shrunk to 6,202,400 shares before. This stake used to be above 27 million shares.

Precision Castparts Corp. (NYSE: PCP) was a LARGER STAKE at 2.853 million shares, up from roughly 2.08 million shares.

Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE: PG) remained the same stake as before, despite the Duracell buyout. This was the same position at 52.8 million shares in the formal report, but that had been lowered in 2012 from a prior peak of 96.3 million shares. Here is the Bull and Bear Case for P&G in 2015.

Restaurant Brands International Inc. (NYSE: QSR) was listed as a NEW POSITION at 8.438 million shares.

Sanofi (NYSE: SNY) was the same position at 3.905 million shares.

Suncor Energy Inc. (NYSE: SU) was a LARGER STAKE AGAIN at 22.35 million shares. This was up from 18.477 million shares before, and up from 16.458 million shares prior to that. Suncor was just 13 million shares in March of 2014.

Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. (NASDAQ: FOXA) was a NEW STAKE at 4.747 million shares.

Torchmark Corp. (NYSE: TMK) was the same stake if you account for a three-for-two stock split in July. This is now listed 6.35 million, versus roughly 4.2 million shares before the split.

U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB) was left the same at 80.09 million shares. We had seen this as one of the bank stakes that was always raised, but Buffett has now left it static again.

USG Corp. (NYSE: USG) was the same stake at just over 39 million shares, but this had been raised in prior reports.

United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS) was the same tiny position at 59,400 shares, but this is way down from 2012.

VeriSign Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN) was the same stake at 12.985 million shares, but this one had previously grown.

Verisk Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSK) was the same position at 1,563,434 shares, but that is lower than in prior quarters.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) was the same stake at 15 million shares, but that had been raised two quarters ago.

Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA) was HIGHER AGAIN at 8.634 million shares, up from roughly 7.7 million shares previously. The stake in Viacom had been raised in 2014 and in 2013.

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) was a LARGER STAKE 2.509 million shares, versus 2,146,290 previously. This has been raised from 1.555 million shares last March.

WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) is the same position at just over 4.076 million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) was the same stake as before at 60.385 million shares, but this had been raised in recent quarters. Here is the Bull and Bear Case for Wal-Mart in 2015, with a projected loss for investors in 2015.

By Jon C. Ogg

Meet the 2015 Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway Stocks

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