March 6, 2012
In today's edition, Austin Smith gives us his quick take on Berkshire Hathaway. The massive holding company has ballooned in size and is now as big as conglomerate juggernaut General Electric (NYSE: GE ) . Much like GE, Berkshire Hathaway seems to span entire economies with positions in housing, railroads, insurance, and confectionaries, just to name a few. This massive size has led many to think the company is now a lumbering investment with few catalysts, but Austin disagrees.
The stable of quality companies represented in Berkshire's portfolio is stunning as well. Longtime essentials like Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG ) and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ ) benefit from huge economic moats and industry-leading brand strength under each banner. Buffett's recent purchase of a large percentage of IBM (NYSE: IBM ) , his first foray into technology, indicates he too is willing to go outside of his comfort zone for growth.
The best part of all of this? Berkshire is cheap right now. Crazy cheap. So cheap, in fact, that Buffett himself recently indicated he'd be interested in buying back shares. Watch the video below to find out more.
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