He’s been called the “Oracle of Omaha.” Warren Buffett, one of greatest of all time when it comes to investing, continues to make headlines, as Wall Street (and Main Street) is interested in what stocks he’s buying. His main investing vehicle, publicly traded conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A, NYSE:BRK.B), owns scores of well-known companies outright. But it also takes big positions in well-known (and not so well-known) stocks as well.
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Frequently Asked Questions
1. What Stocks Does Warren Buffett Own?
A generalist when it comes to investing, Buffett doesn’t limit himself to a handful of sectors. Granted, there are a few sectors he’s fond of. For example, big bank stocks like Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), and Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC). Consumer products names like Kraft Heinz (NASDAQ:KHC) and Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO), have also been a longstanding favorite of the legendary investors.
But while still part of the “old school,” in recent years Buffett has warmed up to tech stocks. Namely, as seen from Berkshire’s $100 billion-plus stake in Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL). Buffett has also made some investments you wouldn’t think someone regarded as a value investor would touch, including tech firms Snowflake (NYSE:SNOW) and Verisign (NASDAQ:VRSN)
Buffett also doesn’t limit his investing to U.S.-based stocks. For example, Berkshire’s portfolio includes holdings in China-based battery and EV maker BYD (OTCMKTS:BYDDF) and Japan-based conglomerate Itochu (OTCMKTS:ITOCF).
2. What Stocks Is Warren Buffett Buying?
Per recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Buffett (via Berkshire) has taken many new stock positions. Healthcare plays seem to dominate the list of newly minted Warren Buffett stocks. These include new or increased holdings in AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV), Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE:BMY) and Merck (NYSE:MRK).
Along with healthcare, Buffett’s been moving more of Berkshire’s money into telecom stocks, like Verizon (NYSE:VZ).
3. Why did Warren Buffett Sell Airline Stocks?
A recent notable misstep of Warren Buffett’s was his selling of airline stocks, after the sector crashed last spring on the heels of the Covid-19 pandemic. Within months, shares in these airlines, American Airlines (NASDAQ:AAL), Delta Airlines (NYSE:DAL), Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV), and United Airlines (NASDAQ:UAL) quickly pared their losses, as retail investors bet big (and early) on pandemic recovery plays.
But while in hindsight this looks to have been an ill-timed sale, at the time it made sense. With the investment thesis on airlines rapidly changing, it seemed best to cut losses, rather than ride things out.
He may be deemed the “Oracle of Omaha,” but even Buffett doesn’t get things right 100% of the time. The silver lining is, long-term success in investing doesn’t mean require perfections. From time to time, you will make losing investments. Yet, with a fine-tuned approach like Buffett’s, and perhaps some ideas from his own portfolio, you too can build a portfolio that produces more profits than losses, over the long-term.