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Warren Buffett’s Dividend Portfolio: 10 Stocks to Watch

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In this article, we discuss Warren Buffett's dividend portfolio. You can skip our detailed analysis of Berkshire Hathaway's top 10 dividend stocks, and go directly to read Warren Buffett's Dividend Portfolio: 5 Stocks to Watch

Warren Buffett’s repute as one of the Wall Street’s most successful investors is due to his distinct investment strategies that laid the foundation for a lot of investment firms to come. Buffett’s investment in value and dividend stocks resulted in his hedge fund, Berkshire Hathaway, returning 20.1% on average annually since 1965. The dividend stocks in his concentrated portfolio generate a substantial income for the hedge fund every year.

According to a report published by Morgan Stanley, dividend-paying stocks have substantially outperformed non-dividend stocks in the past. From 1991 to 2015, non-dividend stocks averaged a 4.18% return per year, compared with a 9.7% annual average return of dividend stocks during the same period. Moreover, the same report mentioned that over the past 90 years, dividends have represented over 40% of the total return equation. Due to this, many companies have initiated dividend payments in the recent past to facilitate investors. Dividend stocks represent a big portion of Warren Buffett’s portfolio.

In 2018, Berkshire Hathaway made $3.8 billion in dividend income and the amount has increased significantly ever since. In 2021, the hedge fund earned over $5.3 billion in dividends.

Financial and technology sectors dominated the portfolio of Buffett in Q1, with significant investments in the energy sector. Moreover, the portfolio also contains a number of dividend stocks through which the hedge fund generated billions in the quarter. Some of them include Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), and The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO).

Warren Buffett
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In this article, we discuss some of the notable dividend stocks in Warren Buffett’s Q1 portfolio.

10. The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR)

Dividend Yield as of May 19: 1.75%

 

Quarterly Dividend: $0.21 per share

The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR), an American retail company, increased its quarterly dividend by 17% in 2021 to $0.21 per share. This marked the company’s 15th year of consistent dividend increase, at an average of 13% each year. The stock’s dividend yield stood at 1.75%, as of the close of May 19.

Berkshire Hathaway started building its position in The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) during the fourth quarter of 2019, with shares worth roughly $550 million. In Q1 2022, the hedge fund slashed its position in the company by 6%, equaling shares worth over $3.3 billion. The company represented 0.91% of Warren Buffett’s portfolio in Q1 2022. Along with this, some of the notable blue-chip holdings in Warren Buffett’s portfolio include Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), and The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO).

In April, Robert Ohmes, an analyst of BofA, upgraded The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) to Buy from Neutral, with a $75 price target. In Q4 2021, 41 hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey reported owning stakes in The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR), valued at over $4.1 billion. Along with Warren Buffett, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies was one of the major stakeholders of the company in Q1 2022, with shares worth over $942.4 million.

9. The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE:BK)

Dividend Yield as of May 19: 3.14%

 

Quarterly Dividend: $0.34 per share

The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE:BK) has been a part of Warren Buffett’s portfolio for more than a decade now. The hedge fund made its first investment in the company during the fourth quarter of 2010. At the end of Q1 2022, the hedge fund held shares worth roughly $3.6 billion in the company, representing 0.98% of Warren Buffett’s portfolio.

The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE:BK) increased its quarterly dividend by 10% in 2021 to $0.34 per share. The stock’s dividend yield stood at 3.14%, as of May 19.

In April, Barclays set a $68 price target on the stock, with an Overweight rating on the shares, appreciating the company’s Q1 result.

Of the 924 elite funds tracked by Insider Monkey, 49 hedge funds held positions in The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE:BK) in Q4 2021, up from 46 in the previous quarter. The total value of these stakes stood at roughly $5.2 billion.

Ariel Investments mentioned The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE:BK) in its Q4 2021 investor letter. Here is what the firm has to say:

“Rising interest rates, after a surprisingly long period of low absolute rates and negative “real” rates, will create a headwind. While there has been much debate about the cause of these low rates, we believe the most important factor has been the $120 billion in monthly federal reserve open market bond purchases and the accumulation of an $8 trillion balance sheet. The former will end, and the latter will shrink. It is not just the Fed that has aggressively purchased bonds, bidding up prices and lowering yields. Bond traders and hedge fund managers have added to positions, confident that being on the same side as the Fed was the wise place to be. Now as the Fed is about to become a seller of bonds rather than a buyer, Wall Street’s “smart money” is likely to follow suit. Against this backdrop, fixed income securities and bond substitutes such as high dividend paying utilities and absolute return hedge funds are substantially overpriced and are not likely to produce attractive returns going forward.

This expectation of a reversion to the mean for interest rates helped 2021 performance, though not as much as we had hoped. The yield on the U.S. 10-year Treasury did indeed increase from +0.92% at the beginning of the year to +1.52% at year-end. An underreported story was the poor performance of bonds last year. The Barclays Aggregate Index declined -1.67% for the year ending December compared to a return of +28.71% for equities as measured by the S&P 500. Interest rates have continued to climb in 2022 with the 10-year Treasury at +1.79% as we go to print. This move higher in rates has contributed to our good, early start to 2022. Smaller positions in The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (BK) also benefited from higher rates, principally with their ability to invest customer cash.”

8. Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C)

Dividend Yield as of May 19: 4.14%

 

Quarterly Dividend: $0.51 per share

In Q4 2021, Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C) experienced a spike in hedge fund interest, as 97 hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey reported owning stakes in the company, up from 79 in the previous quarter. These stakes hold a consolidated value of over $6.6 billion. Harris Associates was one of the company’s major shareholders in Q1 2022, with shares worth over $1.4 billion.

Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C) currently pays a quarterly dividend of $0.51 per share, with a dividend yield of 4.14%, as of the close of May 19. In May, Oppenheimer saw an opportunity for Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C) due to loan growth and rising interest rates. The firm set a $93 price target on the stock, with an Outperform rating on the shares.

Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C) was one of the recent acquisitions of Berkshire Hathaway. The hedge fund started building its position in the company with shares worth roughly $3 billion. The company represented 0.81% of Warren Buffett’s portfolio.

7. U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB)

Dividend Yield as of May 19: 3.75%

 

Quarterly Dividend: $0.46 per share

U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB), an American bank holding company, hiked its quarterly dividend by 10% in 2021. The company currently pays a quarterly dividend of $0.46 per share, with a dividend yield of 3.75%, as of the close of May 19.

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway started investing in U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) during the fourth quarter of 2010. The hedge fund did not change its position in the company during the first quarter of 2022 and held shares worth over $6.7 billion. The company accounted for 1.84% of Warren Buffett’s portfolio.

This May, Oppenheimer lifted its price target on American Express Company (NYSE:AXP) to $72, with an Outperform rating on the shares.

First Eagle Investment Management was one of the major stakeholders of U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) in Q1 2022, with shares worth over $506.2 million. Overall, 46 hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey reported owning stakes in the company in Q1 2022, up from 42 in the previous quarter. These stakes hold a consolidated value of roughly $8 billion.

ClearBridge Investments mentioned U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) in its Q4 2021 investor letter. Here is what the firm has to say:

“Over the last year, we have repositioned our portfolio to navigate the course we see ahead. We have increased our exposure to interest-rate sensitive banks by adding to existing positions in U.S. Bancorp.”

6. American Express Company (NYSE:AXP)

Dividend Yield as of May 19: 1.33%

 

Quarterly Dividend: $0.52 per share

American Express Company (NYSE:AXP) has been maintaining a 30-year dividend streak with occasional dividend increases. In March 2022, the company raised its quarterly dividend by 20% to $0.52 per share. The stock’s dividend yield, as of May 19, stood at 1.33%.

Appreciating the company’s solid Q1 results and lower expenses, this April, RBC Capital raised its price target on American Express Company (NYSE:AXP) to $200, with a Sector Perform rating on the shares. In Q1 2022, Berkshire Hathaway did not change its position in the company and held shares worth over $28.5 billion. The company was the third-largest holding of the hedge fund, accounting for 7.79% of Warren Buffett’s portfolio.

In Q4 2021, 64 hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held positions in American Express Company (NYSE:AXP), with stakes valued at roughly $29 billion. In comparison, 57 hedge funds held shares in the company in the previous quarter, valued at $29.6 billion.

Along with AXP, other strong dividend-paying stocks in Buffett's portfolio are Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), and The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO).

 

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