Warren Buffett Holds 48 Stocks, And 33 Of Those Pay Dividends

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Includes: AAL, BAC, BK, COST, DAL, GM, GS, JPM, KHC, KO, PSX, QSR, SIRI, STAY, STOR, SU, UPS, WFC
by: Fredrik Arnold
Summary

Kiplinger Investing publishes opportune stocks and funds for investor consideration (or rejection) online. This list from Dan Burrows of 48 Buffett picks appeared 6/14/19.

33 of 48 Berkshire Hathaway selected stocks paid dividends. As of 6/24/19, the top ten ranged 2.85%-5.24% by annual yield and ranged 20.10%-82.83% per broker-estimated price-target upsides.

Ten top Buffett-held dividend stocks ranged from 16.97% to 31.5% in net gains.

$5k invested in the lowest-priced five top-yield Buffett-held dividend dogs showed 10.68% more net gain than from $5k invested in all ten. Little low-price Buffett-collected dogs ruled the pack.

James Brumley said in Kiplinger Investing:

"Rich people often get perpetually richer for a reason, so it could be worthwhile to study what billionaires and high-asset hedge funds are plowing their long-term capital into."

As any collection of stocks is more clearly understood when subjected to yield-based (dogcatcher) analysis, this Buffett-holdings list is perfect for the dogcatcher process. Here is the June 24 data for 33 dividend paying stocks in the Kiplinger-documented collection of 48 owned by his Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.B) firm.

Actionable Conclusions (1-10): Analysts Estimated 16.97% To 31.5% Net Gains For Ten Top Buffett-Held Dividend Stocks Come June 2020

Four of ten top yield Buffett-held dividend stocks by yield were among the top ten gainers for the coming year based on analyst 1-year target prices. (They are tinted gray in the chart below). Thus, this yield-based forecast for these Buffett dogs was graded by Wall St. Wizards as 40% accurate.

Source: YCharts.com

Projections were based on estimated dividends from $1,000 invested in each of the highest yielding stocks and their aggregate one-year analyst median target prices, as reported by YCharts. Note: one-year target prices by lone analysts were not applied. Ten probable profit-generating trades projected to June 24, 2020, were:

Phillips 66 (PSX) was projected to net $314.97, based on a median of target price estimate from eighteen analysts, plus dividends, less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to risks 1% less than the market as a whole.

General Motors Co. (GM) was projected to net $300.04, based on the median of target estimates from 21 analysts, plus dividends, less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to risks 61% more than the market as a whole.

American Airlines Group (AAL) netted $297.38 based on a median of estimates from twenty-one analysts, plus dividends. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 61% more than the market as a whole.

Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL) was projected to net $209.93, based on dividends, plus the median of target price estimates from twenty-one analysts, less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 16% more than the market as a whole.

The Kraft Heinz Co. (KHC) was projected to net $205.57, based on a median of target price estimates from twenty-one analysts plus annual dividend, less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to risk 16% less than the market as a whole.

United Parcel Service Inc. (STAY) was projected to net $197.77, based on dividends, plus a mean target price estimate from twenty-seven analysts, less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to risk 19% over the market as a whole.

Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (SIRI) was projected to net $195.48, based on dividends, plus the median of target price estimates from seventeen analysts, less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to risk 5% more than the market as a whole.

Bank of America Corporation (BAC) was projected to net $190.81, based on the median of target price estimates from twenty-nine analysts, plus annual dividend, less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to risks 54% more than the market as a whole.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) was projected to net $175.36, based on dividends, plus the median of target price estimates from twenty-seven analysts, less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 27% more than the market as a whole.

Bank of New York Mellon (BK) was projected to net $169.67 based on dividends, plus the median of target estimates from twenty-two brokers, less transaction fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to risk 9% more than the market as a whole.

The average net gain in dividend and price was estimated at 22.57% on $10k invested as $1k in each of these ten stocks. These gain estimates were subject to average risks 21% more than the market as a whole.

Actionable Conclusion (11): (Bear Alert) Analysts Predicted One Buffett Top Yield Dog To Show A 5.17% Loss to June 2020

The probable losing trade revealed by YCharts to 2020 was:

Source: YCharts.com

Costco Wholesale Corp. (COST) projected a loss of $51.17 based on dividend and a median of the target price estimates from twenty-nine analysts, including broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to risks 9% less than the market as a whole.

Source: businessinsider.com.au

The Dividend Dogs Rule

Stocks earned the "dog" moniker by exhibiting three traits: (1) paying reliable, repeating dividends, (2) their prices fell to where (3) yield (dividend/price) grew higher than their peers. Thus, the highest yielding stocks in any collection became known as "dogs." More precisely, these are, in fact, best called, "underdogs".

48 Buffett Picks By Target Gains

48 Buffett Picks By Yield

Actionable Conclusions (12-21): 10 Top Buffett-Held Stocks By Yield

Top ten Buffett-held stocks selected 6/24/19 by yield represented six of eleven Morningstar sectors. Top dog from the consumer defensive sector placed first, The Kraft Heinz Co. (KHC) [1]. Another consumer defensive holding placed eighth, Coca-Cola Co. (KO) [8].

In second place was the first of two from the consumer cyclical sector, General Motors Co. (GM) [2]. The other placed tenth, Restaurant Brands International Inc. (QSR) [10].

Two from the energy sector placed third and fourth, Phillips 66 (PSX) [3], and Suncor Energy Inc. (SU) [4].

Fifth and ninth places were claimed by financial services, Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) [5], and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) [9].

The lone industrials representative placed sixth, United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) [6].

Finally, the seventh slot was claimed by the lone real estate sector representative in the top ten, STORE Capital Corp. (STOR) [7], to complete the June Buffett-held top ten dividend dogs, by yield.

Actionable Conclusions: (22-31) Top Ten June Buffett-Held Dividend Dogs Showed 15.37%-29.48% Upsides While (31) Six Lowly Downsiders Ranged -0.04% To -5.09%.

Source: YCharts.com

To quantify top dog rankings, analyst mean price target estimates provide a "market sentiment" gauge of upside potential. Added to the simple high-yield metrics, analyst mean price target estimates became another tool to dig out bargains.

Analysts Forecast A 10.58% Advantage For 5 Highest Yield, Lowest Priced Buffett-Collected Dividend Stocks To 2020

Ten top Buffett-held dividend dogs were culled by yield for this update. Yield (dividend/price) results provided by YCharts did the ranking.

Source: YCharts.com

As noted above, top ten Kiplinger Buffet-chosen dividend dogs screened 6/24/19 showing the highest dividend yields represented six of eleven Morningstar sectors.

Actionable Conclusions: Analysts Predicted 5 Lowest-Priced Of The Top Ten Highest-Yield Buffett-Held Dogs (32) Delivering 17.52% Vs. (33) 15.83% Net Gains by All Ten Come June 2020

Source: YCharts.com

$5,000 invested as $1k in each of the five lowest-priced stocks in the top ten dividend Buffett-selected kennel by yield were predicted by analyst 1-year targets to deliver 10.68% more gain than $5,000 invested as $.5k in all ten. The eighth lowest priced selection, Phillips 66 (PSX), was projected to deliver the best net gain of 31.5%.

Source: YCharts.com

The five lowest-priced top-yield Buffett-Picked dividend dogs as of June 24 were: The Kraft Heinz Co. (KHC), Suncor Energy Inc. (SU); STORE Capital Corp. (STOR); General Motors Co. (GM); Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE:WFC), with prices ranging from $30.52 to $46.27.

Five higher-priced Buffett-picked dividend dogs as of June 24 were: Coca-Cola Co. (KO); Restaurant Brands International Inc. (QSR); Phillips 66 (PSX); United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS); JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), whose prices ranged from $51.92 to $108.66.

The distinction between five low-priced dividend dogs and the general field of ten reflected Michael B. O'Higgins' "basic method" for beating the Dow. The scale of projected gains based on analyst targets added a unique element of "market sentiment" gauging upside potential. It provided a here-and-now equivalent of waiting a year to find out what might happen in the market. Caution is advised, since analysts are historically only 20% to 80% accurate on the direction of change and just 0% to 20% accurate on the degree of change.

The net gain/loss estimates above did not factor in any foreign or domestic tax problems resulting from distributions. Consult your tax advisor regarding the source and consequences of "dividends" from any investment.

Stocks listed above were suggested only as possible reference points for your Kiplinger Billionaire Picks stock purchase or sale research process. These were not recommendations.

Graphs and charts were compiled by Rydlun & Co., LLC from data derived from IndexArb; YCharts; Yahoo Finance; analyst mean target price by YCharts. Dog photo: businessinsider.com.au

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