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Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) Portfolio Changes

Posted by: : Paul EbelingPosted on: May 16, 2014 Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) Portfolio Changes

Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) Portfolio Changes

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A) released its holdings as of the end of Q-1 of Y 2014. 


When the company reported earnings, it listed the value of its equity securities as $116.16-B as of 31 March Vs $115.464-B as of 31 December 2013.

Mr. Buffett’s Quarterly report also showed that there had been gross gains from sales and other disposal of $1.004-B. And as of 31 March 2014, approximately 56% of the total fair value was concentrated in the equity securities of just 4 top holdings:

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) at $24.0 billion
The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) at $15.5 billion
American Express Company (NYSE: AXP) at $13.6 billion
International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE: IBM) at $13.2 billion

Some of the investments in Key companies are no longer held in public shares.

Berkshire Hathaway invested $3-B into preferred shares of The Dow Chemical Co. (NYSE: DOW) when things were tough in Y 2009. Shares have risen, and the 41.32/share conversion price Vs a share price now above 48.00.

One of the new stakes is Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ). Mr. Buffett has not been a big telecom player before.


The complete list of Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. stock holdings as of 31 March 2014 is as follows:

American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) was roughly 151.6 million shares, same as last Quarter, and the same.

Bank of New York Mellon Corp. (NYSE: BK)  the same position at 24.6 million shares.


Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. (NYSE: CBI) the same position at 9.55 million shares, was raised in Y 2013.


Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) was right at 400 million shares, the same for years.


ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) a lower stake, down to 11.079 million shares versus 13.529 million shares last Quarter and lower than the 24.1 million shares in June 2013.


Costco Wholesale Corp. (NASDAQ: COST) was 4,333,363 shares, same as last Quarter.


DaVita Inc. (NYSE: DVA) a larger stake at 37.621 million shares. This was up from 36.46 million last Quarter, up from 31.446 million shares, and was raised before. This stake keeps growing, but Mr. Buffett has entered into a standstill agreement not to buy more than 25% of the company after already having increased its in prior Quarters.


Deere & Co. (NYSE: DE) was the same last Quarter at roughly 4 million shares.


DirecTV (NASDAQ: DTV) was a a bit lower at 34.514 million shares versus a 36.514 million share stake before, this had been higher at about 37.275 million shares last June.


Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) was the same stake of 41.129 million shares, but this was raised the prior Quarter and was a new stake in Y 2013.


General Electric Corp. (NYSE: GE) was the same stake of 10.585 million shares, but this was raised in the prior Quarter and grew because of the warrants.


General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) a smaller stake  at 30 million shares, down 10 million shares but this had been raised in Y 2013 from 25 million shares.


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


Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC) is the remains of Washington Post and was the same position at 1.727 million shares.


International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) a larger at 68.355 million shares, up about 233,000 shares or so.


Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) was the same size at 327,100 shares.


Kraft Foods Group Inc. (NASDAQ: KRFT) was the same size at only 192,666 shares.


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


Liberty Media Corp. (NASDAQ: LMCA) is the same stake of 5.3 million shares.


Liberty Global plc (NASDAQ: LBTYA) a larger stake of 14.693 million shares versus a prior stake of 2,948,285 shares.


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


MasterCard Inc. (NYSE: MA)  the same position due to a stock split. It is now at 4,050,000 shares versus the prior 405,000 shares before the split.


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


Mondelez International Inc. (NASDAQ: MDLZ) is the same position at 578,000 shares.

Moody’s Corp. (NYSE: MCO) the same position of 24.669 million shares.


National Oilwell Varco Inc. (NYSE: NOV) the same position at 8.88 million shares, this stake was raised in Y 2013.


Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX) is a smaller stake of 9.741 million shares versus 27.16 million shares  in the prior Quarter.


Precision Castparts Corp. (NYSE: PCP) the same position at roughly 2 million shares, a new holding.


Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) was the same position at 52.8 million shares,but that was lowered in Y 2012 from a prior position of 96.3 million shares.


Sanofi (NYSE: SNY) was the same position at 3.905 million shares, but that stake is smaller than it was earlier in Y 2013.


Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA) smaller again at 1,919,541  shares, down from about 4.54 million shares the prior Quarter and versus 5.622 million shares in Y 2013.


Suncor Energy Inc. (NYSE: SU) the same stake of 13,000,000 shares, but this was lower than in Y 2013.


Torchmark Corp. (NYSE: TMK) was the same at more than 4.2 million shares.


US Bancorp (NYSE: USB) is larger at 80.026 million versus about 79.3 million shares last time. This position keeps growing.


USG Corp. (NYSE: USG) the same stake at 34.89 million shares, but this grew last Quarter from 17.072 million shares.


United Parcel Service (NYSE: UPS) was the same position at 59,400 shares.


VeriSign Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN) raised to 11,685,654 shares versus 10.96 million shares last Quarter.


Verisk Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSK) the same position at 1,563,434 shares, lower than prior Quarters.


Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) a new position of 11,022,743 shares, worth some $524 million at the end of Q-1.


Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA) was the same position of 7.6+ million shares, but was raised in Y 2013.


Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) was the same position of 1.555 million shares, lower than in Y 2012.


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


Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) a larger stake of 58.05 million shares, up from 49.48 million shares the prior Quarter.


Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) the same stake at 463.458 million shares, but this is the 1st Q in recent memory that Mr. Buffett did not raise his WFC stake.

HeffX:LTN Analysis for BRK-A: Overall Short Intermediate Long
Neutral (0.11) Neutral (0.09) Neutral (0.12) Neutral (0.12)
HeffX-LTN Analysis for BRK-B: Overall Short Intermediate Long
Neutral (0.08) Neutral (-0.04) Neutral (0.08) Neutral (0.21)

Stay tuned…


Paul Ebeling





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  • seanickson

    I believe Wells Fargo was the same last quarter also. Berkshire is kind of close to how much you can own of a bank (10%) without approval of the federal reserve board so I imagine since its limited in how much more it can buy it will attempt to do so only at more favorable prices.

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