Warren Buffett’s investment decisions are closely followed because the billionaire has proved himself quite adept at picking winners. And despite a few bad performers within the Berkshire portfolio, overall it has succeeded in outperforming the S&P for 39 of its 47 years. (STAY AHEAD OF THE CURVE: Follow Kapitall on Twitter)
In those 47 years Berkshire has also reported a 19.8% annual gain in book value per share. Up until this year the average was above 20%.
Followers of Buffett know he follows several “rules” in his investing strategies, some common and some unique. For example, he does not invest in gold because he thinks it is an irrational and useless purchase. And until recently, when he purchased IBM, he did not invest in technology companies simply because he didn’t understand them.
But one of the things Buffett loves, and many investors can relate, are dividends. Berkshire Hathaway is invested in 34 stocks, 28 of which pay dividends.
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So what dividend companies did Buffett judge worthy enough to enter his company’s portfolio?
Here’s a list and quick description of the highest dividend yield stocks Berkshire holds. Do you think he made smart investments with these names?
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1. GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the discovery, development, manufacture, and marketing of pharmaceutical products, over the counter (OTC) medicines, and health-related consumer products worldwide. Market cap of $113.32B. Dividend yield at 5.02%.
2. Sanofi (SNY, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the discovery, development, and distribution of therapeutic solutions to improve the lives of everyone. Market cap of $100.81B. Dividend yield at 4.68%.
4. Johnson & Johnson (JNJ, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the research and development, manufacture, and sale of various products in the health care field worldwide. Market cap of $178.92B. Dividend yield at 3.5%.
5. M&T Bank Corporation (MTB, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as the holding company for M&T Bank and M&T Bank, National Association that provide commercial and retail banking services to individuals, corporations and other businesses, and institutions. Market cap of $10.35B. Dividend yield at 3.42%.
8. Intel Corporation (INTC, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of integrated circuits for computing and communications industries worldwide. Market cap of $136.09B. Dividend yield at 3.08%.
10. United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides transportation, logistics, and financial services in the United States and internationally. Market cap of $74.17B. Dividend yield at 2.97%.
(Written by Rebecca Lipman. Data sourced from Finviz.)
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