Monday, March 01, 2010

Warren Buffett's Top Yielding Stocks

If you like dividends and you like Warren Buffett, it won't do you any good to by Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-A) (BRK-B), since the stock doesn't pay a dividend. So what's an income investor to do? You review all the stocks owned by Warren Buffett, then find the stocks with the highest yields and best financials. has an Excel spreadsheet of all the Berkshire Hathaway stocks, 17 of which have yields above 2% and four of which have yields more than 4%.

One of the highest yielding stocks on the list is Sanofi Aventis (SNY), paying a nice rate of 4.5%. This is the Paris, France based pharmaceutical company that markets Plavix, Ambien, Allegra, Nasacort, and numerous other medicines and vaccines. The stock has a forward price to earnings ratio of 8 and earnings for the latest quarter were up 59.5%.

Another Buffett high yielder is the international integrated energy company ConocoPhillips (COP), which yields 4.2% and has a forward PE of 6.5. This Houston, Texas company has been around since 1917, and has raised its dividend every year since the year 2001. The operating cash flow is $12.48 billion, easily covering the $3 billion in dividend payouts.

For more high yields and diversification, there is Kraft Foods (KFT), yielding 4.1%. This food, beverage, and snack company has a forward PE of 12 and generated a 335.6% earnings increase for the latest quarter.

To access a free list of the Warren Buffett stocks, which can be downloaded, changed, and sorted by yield and forward PE, go to

Author does not own any of the above.


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