It’s no wonder why investors closely monitor Warren Buffett’s portfolio. He is arguably the greatest investor of all time, and he has doled out some of the best investment advice over the years.
Here's a list of all the dividend stocks owned by Warren Buffett:
Over half of Berkshire's holdings pay a dividend, and several of them have yields near 4% or higher.
A dividend is often the sign of a financially healthy and stable business that is committed to rewarding shareholders. These are some of the qualities Warren Buffett looks for when he invests.
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Housing stocks have been red-hot in 2023 as high interest rates have counterintuitively increased demand for new builds by limiting available inventory of existing homes for sale.
Some investors could look at Berkshire's housing plays as an indication that Buffett might believe interest rates will remain higher for longer. But the smaller position sizes and scattered bet across three stocks seems more likely to reflect a bet by one of Buffett's lieutenants, Todd Combs or Ted Weschler.
Berkshire's other activity in the second quarter was fairly uneventful. The three divested positions represented less than 0.3% of the conglomerate's portfolio.
- NVR (NVR) – homebuilding
- D.R. Horton (DHI) – homebuilding
- Lennar (LEN.B) – homebuilding
- Capital One (COF) – financial services
- Occidental Petroleum (OXY) – oil and gas producer
- Activision Blizzard (ATVI) – video games
- Globe Life (GL) – life and health insurance
- General Motors (GM) – automobile manufacturer
- Celanese (CE) – commodity chemicals
- Chevron (CVX) – integrated oil producer
- Vitesse Energy (VTS) – oil and gas royalties
- McKesson (MCK) – health care distributor
- Marsh & McLennan (MMC) – insurance broker
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5) Chevron (CVX)
Energy demand has since boomed as the global economy rebounded from Covid lockdowns while supply has shown more restraint, contributing to today's inflationary environment while bolstering profits across the industry.
Chevron is one of the highest-quality companies in this space, with a pristine balance sheet and low breakeven oil price required to cover its capital expenditures and dividend. The stock accounts for about 6% of Buffett's equity holdings.
4) United Parcel Service (UPS)
UPS is a classic Buffett business with high barriers to entry (hard-to-replicate transportation network), an essential service (package delivery), dependable cash flow (industry-leading scale), and a growing end market (thanks to e-commerce and global trade).
These qualities have enabled UPS to pay uninterrupted dividends since 1969.
3) Ally Financial (ALLY)
Buffett has likely followed Ally for a long time as it was founded in 1919 by General Motors (another Berkshire holding) to provide financing to automotive customers.
Ally is still one of the largest car finance companies in America but has evolved to become a full spectrum provider of consumer and banking services as well.
Rising interest rates have squeezed the BBB- rated bank's profitability since Buffett's initial purchase. But he likely expects deposits to continue rising over the long run, fueling earnings growth as Ally invests these funds into loans and other interest-earning assets.
2) Kraft Heinz (KHC)
Kraft Heinz got into trouble after its private equity owners cut costs too far, leaving the maker of condiments, sauces, frozen meals, and other packaged foods more vulnerable to competition and healthy eating trends.
Coupled with a bloated balance sheet, Kraft Heinz slashed its dividend in 2019 and has struggled to achieve consistent, profitable organic growth. This is one of the less interesting investments in Berkshire's portfolio, even though it is among Buffett's highest-yielding dividend stocks.
1) Citigroup (C)
It's hard to say why Citigroup, which accounts for 0.3% of Berkshire's portfolio, caught Buffett's eye. The bank's stock trades at a discount compared to larger, more reputable peers such as JPMorgan Chase.
And perhaps Buffett expected rising interest rates to act as a rising tide to lift all banks, even though this has had the opposite effect so far due to the fierce battle for deposits.
Warren Buffett’s Investment Strategy
Back then, Warren Buffett’s portfolio was much smaller in size and allowed him to pursue the greatest inefficiencies he could find in the market almost regardless of the stock’s market cap. He focused intensely on finding stocks trading at cheap valuations.
Buffett was not afraid to make a single position account for more than 25% of his portfolio and stated that he would be comfortable investing up to 40% of his net worth in a single security if the probabilities were deemed to be extremely in his favor, limiting risk.
Warren Buffett’s portfolio remains concentrated today, with Apple representing around 40% of Berkshire Hathaway’s portfolio (excluding cash).
The idea behind running a concentrated portfolio is that there are relatively few excellent businesses and investment opportunities in the market at any given time, and owning too many positions reduces the impact from your few best ideas.
Importantly, Warren Buffett’s investment strategy has always been focused on the concept of staying within one’s circle of competence. Buffett has said that “risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.”
In other words, never invest in a business or industry that is too hard for you to understand. The reality is, most investment opportunities fall outside of our circle of competence and should be ignored.
Since the days of his initial partnership, Buffett’s strategy has evolved to concentrate more on buying up wonderful businesses at reasonable prices rather than digging through the bargain bin for “cheap” stocks. He looks for companies that have strong economic moats and numerous opportunities for growth.
When Warren Buffett makes an investment, he has said that his favorite holding period is “forever.” The idea is to buy excellent companies with solid long-term growth prospects and let them compound over the long run.
Not surprisingly, our dividend investment philosophy shares many similarities with Warren Buffett’s.
By remaining focused on simple, high quality businesses trading at reasonable prices, we can construct a sound dividend portfolio that can deliver safe, growing dividend income for years to come.