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Warren Buffett’s 10 Best-Performing Stocks of 2016 (So Far)

By Matthew Frankel, CFP® - Apr 6, 2016 at 1:11PM

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Warren Buffett is outperforming the market so far in 2016. Here are 10 stocks that have helped him do it.

The first quarter of 2016 is in the books, and it's been somewhat of a roller-coaster ride for the stock market. After a 10% drop by mid-February and an ensuing rebound, the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average are virtually unchanged for 2016, up by a percentage point or 2.

Of course, this flat performance isn't true of all stocks. In fact, some have performed quite well, including Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A -1.08%) (BRK.B -0.81%). Berkshire is beating the market rather handily, and is up 8.3% in 2016 as of this writing (37.6% annualized). Some of this strong performance can be attributed to Berkshire's many wholly owned subsidiary businesses, which individual investors like you and me can't directly invest in.

However, a large portion of Berkshire's performance is dependent on its vast and diverse stock portfolio. Since this is the part of Berkshire that individual investors can buy for their own portfolios, let's take a look at Warren Buffett's top-performing stocks of 2016, and why Buffett likes each one.

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Stocks Mentioned

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Stock Quote
Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
BRK.A
$456,031.01 (-1.08%) $-4,968.99
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Stock Quote
Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
BRK.B
$304.15 (-0.81%) $-2.49
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Stock Quote
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
WMT
$119.07 (-2.74%) $-3.36
Verizon Communications Inc. Stock Quote
Verizon Communications Inc.
VZ
$49.10 (0.43%) $0.21
AT&T Inc. Stock Quote
AT&T Inc.
T
$20.21 (-0.10%) $0.02
International Business Machines Corporation Stock Quote
International Business Machines Corporation
IBM
$129.66 (-2.47%) $-3.28
The Coca-Cola Company Stock Quote
The Coca-Cola Company
KO
$60.00 (-1.96%) $-1.20
Kinder Morgan, Inc. Stock Quote
Kinder Morgan, Inc.
KMI
$19.02 (-1.45%) $0.28
Charter Communications, Inc. Stock Quote
Charter Communications, Inc.
CHTR
$474.57 (1.08%) $5.07
Kraft Heinz Intermediate Corporation II Stock Quote
Kraft Heinz Intermediate Corporation II
KHC
$38.56 (-1.23%) $0.48
Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. Stock Quote
Axalta Coating Systems Ltd.
AXTA
$25.72 (0.63%) $0.16

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