A Look at Warren Buffett's 5 Highest Yielding Stock Holdings

by: Jersey Trader

A week ago, I looked at Berkshire Hathaway's (BRK.A, BRK.B) holdings from the perspective of momentum. However, as the large majority of the stocks disclosed by Berkshire Hathaway in its 13-F filing pay dividends, I thought that I would also highlight some of the stocks with the highest yields.

GlaxoSmithKline plc (NYSE:GSK)

GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK), incorporated on December 6, 1999, is global healthcare group, which is engaged in the creation and discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceutical products, including vaccines, over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and health-related consumer products. GSK’s principal pharmaceutical products include medicines in the therapeutic areas, such as respiratory, anti-virals, central nervous system, cardiovascular and urogenital, metabolic, anti-bacterials, oncology and emesis, dermatalogicals and vaccines (see full description).

Dividend Yield 5.305%
5 Yr. Dividend Growth Rate 8.12%
Payout Ratio 81%
Total Debt to Equity 169.91%

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Kraft Foods Inc. (KFT)

Kraft Foods Inc. (Kraft Foods), incorporated in 2000, manufactures and markets packaged food products, including snacks, beverages, cheese, convenient meals and various packaged grocery products. It sells the products to consumers in approximately 160 countries. The company operates three segments: Kraft Foods North America, Kraft Foods Europe and Kraft Foods Developing Markets (see full description).

Dividend Yield 3.78%
5 Yr. Dividend Growth Rate 8.54%
Payout Ratio 45%
Total Debt to Equity 86.11%

Sanofi-Aventis SA (NYSE:SNY)

Sanofi-Aventis, incorporated in 1994, is a pharmaceutical group engaged in the research, development, manufacture and marketing of healthcare products. The company’s business includes two main activities: pharmaceuticals and human vaccines through sanofi pasteur. The company is also present in animal health products through Merial Limited (Merial) (see full description).

Dividend Yield 3.68%
5 Yr. Dividend Growth Rate 13.3%
Payout Ratio 47%
Total Debt to Equity 18.25%

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)

Johnson & Johnson, incorporated in 1887, is engaged in the research and development, manufacture and sale of a range of products in the health care field. The company operates in three business segments: Consumer, Pharmaceutical, and Medical Devices and Diagnostics. In July 2009, Johnson & Johnson completed the acquisition of Cougar Biotechnology, Inc. with approximately 95.9% interest in Cougar Biotechnology's outstanding common stock (see full description).

Dividend Yield 3.575%
5 Yr. Dividend Growth Rate 12%
Payout Ratio 44%
Total Debt to Equity 20.99%

M&T Bank Corporation (NYSE:MTB)

M&T Bank Corporation (M&T), incorporated in November 1969, is a bank holding company. As of December 31, 2009, M&T had two wholly owned bank subsidiaries: M&T Bank and M&T Bank, National Association (M&T Bank, N.A.). The banks offer a range of commercial banking, trust and investment services to their customers (see full description).

Dividend Yield 3.2%
5 Yr. Dividend Growth Rate 9.86%
Payout Ratio 49%
Total Debt to Equity 105.14%

I also put together the full list of Berkshire Hathaway's holdings sorted by dividend yield.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.