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The 38 Stocks in the Buffett Portfolio

Public filings tell us what the Oracle of Omaha's company is buying.

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Periodically, we review the stock holdings of  Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B), the investment conglomerate run by Warren Buffett, one of the all-time great investors. Each quarter, Berkshire files form 13-F, which discloses its consolidated equity investments, with the SEC. Berkshire's latest 13-F disclosed 36 stock positions as of March 31, and we add two foreign investments we know of, for a total of 38. Berkshire now owns three more stocks than it did at the end of 2005, and nine more than it did at the end of 2004. We note that Berkshire doesn't have to disclose its foreign investments because it owns the local shares, not the U.S. ADRs.

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At Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting on May 6, Buffett said that if he were starting his investment partnership over again, he would be investing in securities around the world, and would focus on smaller companies. While Berkshire's large size--the investment conglomerate has more than $30 billion in cash--constrains Buffett's ability to deploy cash into smaller stocks, we think that Berkshire's recent purchases of  ConocoPhillips (COP),  General Electric (GE), and  United Parcel Service (UPS) indicate a preference for companies with global operations.

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Justin Fuller has a position in the following securities mentioned above: AXP, PG, HD, GE. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.