10 Stocks Warren Buffett Is Buying (And 6 He's Selling)

Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B, $216.03), took a few more bites of Apple (AAPL) stock in the most recent quarter.

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Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B, $216.03), took a few more bites of Apple (AAPL) stock in the most recent quarter. But the big news is that he’s bonkers for bank stocks.

Berkshire Hathaway added to or bought new stakes in five of the nation’s largest commercial banks in the third quarter ended Sept. 30. The holding company also made bets on investment banking, custodial banking and insurance.

In addition to finding value in select pockets of the financial sector, the Oracle of Omaha also made a surprising new bet on a technology stock.

The world’s greatest value investor made several noteworthy moves in the third quarter, according to a new Berkshire Hathaway 13F regulatory filing. (Large investors such as Berkshire are required to disclose their holdings to the Securities and Exchange Commission every three months.) The biggest changes to Berkshire’s portfolio came in the form of additional stakes and new investments as the company seeks to deploy a hoard of cash that stood at more than $100 billion at the end of the September quarter. But Berkshire also did a little trimming.

Since it can be instructive to see what Buffett has been up to, we took a closer look at what Berkshire has been buying and selling. Keep in mind that not all “Warren Buffett stocks” are actually his picks – some smaller positions are believed to be handled by lieutenants Ted Weschler and Todd Combs.

That said, here are the most notable recent changes to Berkshire Hathaway’s stock holdings.


Data is as of Nov. 14, 2018. Sources: Berkshire Hathaway’s SEC Form 13F filed Nov. 14, 2018, for the reporting period ended Sept. 30, 2018; Fintel Financial Intelligence; S&P Global Market Intelligence; CNBC's Berkshire Hathaway Portfolio Tracker.

Dan Burrows
Senior Investing Writer, Kiplinger.com

Dan Burrows is Kiplinger's senior investing writer, having joined the august publication full time in 2016.

A long-time financial journalist, Dan is a veteran of SmartMoney, MarketWatch, CBS MoneyWatch, InvestorPlace and DailyFinance. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Consumer Reports, Senior Executive and Boston magazine, and his stories have appeared in the New York Daily News, the San Jose Mercury News and Investor's Business Daily, among other publications. As a senior writer at AOL's DailyFinance, Dan reported market news from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and hosted a weekly video segment on equities.

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Dan holds a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College and a master's degree from Columbia University.

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