Berkshire Hathaway Portfolio, as of December 31, 2018

(February 15, 2019) During the fourth quarter of 2018, stocks were volatile and occasionally in free-fall thanks to overblown fears about a economic slowdown of United States and futher Federal Reserve rate hikes. That is Warren Buffett’s favorite kind of stock-picking environment. The Oracle of Omaha loves to scoop up high-quality stocks at a discount when Wall Street is in panic mode.

In addition, Berkshire Hathaway ended the third quarter of 2018 with more than $100 billion in cash on its balance sheet, so Warren Buffett and his team had plenty of funds available. That combination of factors led to quite a bit of speculation about what Warren Buffett was buying and selling in late 2018.

Wells, we got our answer, and for the most part, it was a surprisingly inactive quarter for Berkshire Hathaway in terms of stock purchases. There were a few interesting transactions to mention, however, so here is a rundown of what Berkshire Hathaway holds as of December 31, 2018.

Symbol Holdings Mkt. price Holding value
Apple Inc. AAPL 249,589,329 $170.42 $42,535,013,448
Bank of America Corp BAC 896,167,600 $29.11 $26,087,438,836
Wells Fargo & Co WFC 426,768,902 $49.22 $21,005,565,356
The Coca-Cola Co KO 400,000,000 $45.24 $18,096,000,000
American Express Company AXP 151,610,700 $107.38 $16,279,956,966
Kraft Heinz Co KHC 325,634,818 $47.62 $15,506,730,033
U.S. Bancorp USB 129,308,831 $51.31 $6,634,836,119
JPMorgan Chase & Co. JPM 50,116,394 $105.55 $5,289,785,387
Bank of New York Mellon Corp BK 80,937,250 $52.99 $4,288,864,878
Moody’s Corporation MCO 24,669,778 $169.26 $4,175,606,624
Goldman Sachs Group Inc GS 18,353,635 $198.50 $3,643,196,548
Delta Air Lines, Inc. DAL 65,535,000 $51.08 $3,347,527,800
Southwest Airlines Co LUV 54,847,399 $57.70 $3,164,694,922
General Motors Company GM 72,269,696 $39.09 $2,825,022,417
Charter Communications Inc CHTR 7,033,499 $349.06 $2,455,113,161
Davita Inc DVA 38,565,570 $59.10 $2,279,225,187
Verisign, Inc. VRSN 12,952,745 $175.40 $2,271,911,473
United Continental Holdings Inc UAL 21,938,642 $88.31 $1,937,401,475
USG Corporation USG 39,002,016 $43.18 $1,684,107,051
American Airlines Group Inc AAL 43,700,000 $35.05 $1,531,685,000
Visa Inc Class A V 10,562,460 $144.91 $1,530,606,079
Liberty Sirius XM Group Series C LSXMK 31,090,985 $40.74 $1,266,646,729
Phillips 66 PSX 11,895,842 $95.99 $1,141,881,874
Mastercard Inc MA 4,934,756 $222.11 $1,096,058,655
PNC Financial Services Group Inc PNC 8,263,062 $124.15 $1,025,859,147
Costco Wholesale Corporation COST 4,333,363 $216.47 $938,043,089
M&T Bank Corporation MTB 5,382,040 $172.27 $927,164,031
Sirius XM Holdings Inc SIRI 137,915,729 $6.03 $831,631,846
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd TEVA 43,249,295 $17.98 $777,622,324
Travelers Companies Inc TRV 5,958,391 $128.74 $767,083,257
Red Hat Inc RHT 4,175,792 $180.98 $755,734,836
Synchrony Financial SYF 20,803,000 $31.75 $660,495,250
Axalta Coating Systems Ltd AXTA 24,264,000 $26.68 $647,363,520
Store Capital Corp STOR 18,621,674 $32.51 $605,390,622
Liberty Sirius XM Group Series A LSXMA 14,860,360 $40.73 $605,262,463
Restaurant Brands International Inc QSR 8,438,225 $64.69 $545,868,775
Torchmark Corporation TMK 6,353,727 $83.36 $529,646,683
Liberty Global PLC Class A LBTYA 19,791,000 $25.66 $507,837,060
Suncor Energy Inc. SU 10,758,000 $33.89 $364,588,620
StoneCo Ltd STNE 14,166,748 $22.07 $312,660,128
Liberty Global PLC Class C LBTYK 7,346,968 $24.82 $182,351,746
Liberty Latin America Ltd Class A LILA 2,714,854 $18.85 $51,174,998
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 327,100 $136.38 $44,609,898
Procter & Gamble Co PG 315,400 $98.48 $31,060,592
MONDELEZ INTERNATIONAL INC Common Stock MDLZ 578,000 $48.16 $27,836,480
Liberty Latin America Ltd Class C LILAK 1,284,020 $18.76 $24,088,215
United Parcel Service, Inc. UPS 59,400 $110.87 $6,585,678
Verizon Communications Inc. VZ 928 $55.16 $51,188
TOTAL 3,527,446,923 $201,244,886,463

 

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