Warren Buffett's top dividend stocks offer ideas for a defensive posture

Utility stocks are the only group that's been rising regularly in the recent selloff, but another group of stocks that might start to interest buyers: Warren Buffett's top dividend yielding stocks from the Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A, BRK.B) portfolio.

Coca-Cola (KO) is a long-time Berkshire holding, fitting with Buffett's buy and hold forever strategy; the dividend yields 3.15%.

Procter & Gamble (PG) is a long-time holding; it just announced another 7% dividend hike and yields 3.18%.

Wells Fargo (WFC) is Buffett’s favorite bank and is the largest position in the Berkshire portfolio; while it yields only ~2.4% now, it telegraphed a quarterly dividend raise to $0.35/share for a new yield of 2.87%.

Wal-Mart (WMT) has grown to a stake of nearly 50M shares, and it raised its quarterly payout to $0.48/share, generating a new yield of 2.45%.

Buffett owns ~40M shares of GM, where the dividend is relatively new but the drop in the stock price now has its yield just above 3.5%.

GE was added as a larger stake after Berkshire’s warrant conversions, but the position is still worth only ~$250M; the dividend yields ~3.4%.

Buffett still owns 11M shares of ConocoPhillips (COP; 3.94% yield) but has moved more cash into rival Exxon Mobil (XOM; 2.7% yield).

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  • vmetla
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    All these are great dividend stocks.
    8 Apr 2014, 08:44 PM Reply Like
  • Budavar
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    Except GM where the dividend could be in jeopardy
    when the lawyers get through with their demolition work.
    8 Apr 2014, 10:39 PM Reply Like
  • jumpnjoey77
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    Same goes for WFC with additional capital requirements.
    9 Apr 2014, 12:42 AM Reply Like
  • financeminister
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    yup, he loves'em those dividends and explains in his latest newsletter why he loves anything that pays him cash irrespective of how the value of the asset fluctuates... yet he plays down paying a small dividend for BRK shareholders even though BRK is not a growth stock but a value stock that has underperformed the S&P500 during this bull run.... can't blame him for wanting to have all that cash.


    While everyone loves KO over the last few years, KO has a YoC of around 60% for him so he will never get rid of that cash printing machine irrespective of how the shareprice performs.
    8 Apr 2014, 10:21 PM Reply Like
  • jumpnjoey77
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    Funny he loves dividends but Berkshire does not pay a dividend.
    9 Apr 2014, 12:43 AM Reply Like
  • DeepValueLover
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    I wonder how Warren feels about increasing the tax rate on dividends?


    8 Apr 2014, 11:04 PM Reply Like
  • jumpnjoey77
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    Most of his dough is in Berkshire that does not pay a dividend. Carried interest is still at the lower rate.
    9 Apr 2014, 12:45 AM Reply Like
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