Buffett's Latest Billion-Dollar Bet

The following video is from this week's MarketFoolery podcast, in which host Chris Hill, along with Jason Moser and Joe Magyer, analyze the latest business news. Warren Buffett is making a bet on housing with his $3.85 billion bid for the mortgage business and loan portfolio from Residential Capital. Is this a sign that housing is back or merely that Buffett has found a unique opportunity? In this segment, the guys answer those questions and discuss how investors can make a bet on housing by avoiding homebuilding stocks and looking instead at the likes of Wells Fargo and Sherwin-Williams.

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  • Report this Comment On June 19, 2012, at 11:59 PM, nero123 wrote:

    Sherwin Williams is a "real sleeper?" I don't think so. This "sleeper" has nearly doubled in price in less than a year and now carries a PE of nearly 30. It has spiked to a historic high -- twice the price it carried in mid-2007 during the height of the housing bubble when builders and buyers were going nuts. Is SHW really positioned to take in this much profit if there's a housing upswing? I don't think so. Rather than ride this pump-and-dump down from the top, sell or sell short now.

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