Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has $40 Billion in Cash

Warren Buffett reported earnings for Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-A) (BRK-B) last week, reporting that the company's earnings were $3.1 billion in the second quarter, which is a drop from earnings for the same quarter last year of $3.4 billion. Earnings per share for the quarter were $1,882 down from $2,072. The company's cash position is $40.7 billion, down from $47 billion.

In spite of the downturn, over the long term, Warren Buffett has provided Berkshire Hathaway investors with an average annual return of roughly 20% per year, far outperforming the S and P 500 and most money managers. If you want to follow in Buffett's footsteps, you can check out what Berkshire Hathaway owns, and pick what you think are the best stocks in the group. WallStreetNewsNetwork.com has a free list of Warren Buffett stocks, over 25 of which pay dividends. As a matter of fact, a dozen have yields of 3.0% or greater.

One example is Procter & Gamble Co (PG) trades at 18.1 times earnings, and 15.8 times forward earnings. The stock pays a very favorable yield of 3.4%. The company recently reported a 44.7% increase in earnings for the latest quarter, year over year, on a slight 3.1% drop in revenues. Dividends payable quarterly were increased back in April from $0.525 per share to $0.562 per share.

Another High yield Buffett stock is General Dynamics (GD), which provides a decent yield of 3.2%. The stock trades at 9.4 times current earnings, with a forward price to earnings ratio of 8.6. Earnings were down about 3% on flat earnings for the latest quarter.

A couple of other high yield ideas include Intel (INTC) sporting a yield of 3.4% and GlaxoSmithKline Plc (GSK) at 4.5%. To see the other Warren Buffett stocks, go to WallStreetNewsNetwork.com, where you can download, sort, and update the list.

Disclosure: Author didn't own any of the above at the time the article was written.

By Stockerblog.com

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