Under Buffett’s criteria, Berkshire is not a value investment because of its slow growth rate. Fortunately, Berkshire Hathaway has the resources to fix that flaw fast.Read more
My prediction is that Buffett will buy up lower priced stocks of cash-rich dividend paying companies. Since there are lots of those out there it is hard to predict what will catch his eye.
Berkshire will be confine major investments to private equity, which is booming right now. Likely, private equity targets for Berkshire Hathaway include Lyft, Instacart, and Airbnb.
Lyft and Airbnb which both have the potential to generate a lot of cash will attract Uncle Warren’s attention. Instacart, which has escaped attention by operating in an unsexy; but huge, market groceries might catch Buffett’s eye.
If you want to understand the origins of the retail apocalypse; and the rise of Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), read this book. Does a good job of explaining who Jeff Bezos is and exposing his thought processes.Read more
Beyond the existential reasons, UnitedHealth is just a good basic stock. It gave investors a dividend yield of 1.51% and a return on equity of 18.71% on September 30. In contrast, Amazon paid no dividend and offered investors a return on equity of 2.92% on a stock that was trading at $657.02 a share on November 10, 2015.Read more
The bottom line is that widows and orphans stocks still exist. You just have to know where to look for them.Read more
The 2016 holidays and the free shipping offers may prove whether Target and Best Buy are going to be major players in the world of online retail or not. One just hopes that management teams are not betting the company on such offers. If they are, the death spiral could be closer than we think, especially for Target.Read more
What this means is that Alphabet could quickly become a major player in the insurance business, much as it is a major power in advertising and directories. It also means that your insurance agency could go the way of the telephone directory, and your insurance agent could end up delivering pizza for a living.Read more
Are railroads actually a value investment, or is it just certain companies such as the Union Pacific (NYSE: UNP), or UP? The Canadian transcontinental lines do have some interesting characteristics; after all, they do provide a direct transportation link between the West Coast and the Midwest that bypasses the U.S. West Coast ports and their labor troubles. Unlike some U.S. transcontinental lines, the Canadian railways also provide direct connections to the East Coast. These railroads are also well positioned to take advantage of the oil boom in the central continent, particularly Alberta’s oil sands.Read more
Cisco Systems is a value investment for a very simple reason. It is an infrastructure company: one of those great businesses that you do not see but is all around you, much like the pipeline and supply chain companies that Warren Buffett owns.Read more
If you are looking for a classic Warren Buffett-style value play, Sysco is certainly worth a look. It has many of the attributes Uncle Warren loves: It is not sexy, but it has a steady, widespread business that generates a lot of cash, and that business is growing.Read more