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Zacks Value Trader Highlights: RH, Occidental Petroleum, Suncor Energy, Phillips 66 and Restaurant Brands

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Chicago, IL – November 22, 2019 – Zacks Value Trader is a podcast hosted weekly by Zacks Stock Strategist Tracey Ryniec. Every week, Tracey will be joined by guests to discuss the hottest investing topics in stocks, bonds and ETFs and how it impacts your life. To listen to the podcast, click here:

Buffett’s Buying Energy & Retail; Should You?

Welcome to Episode #166 of the Value Investor Podcast.

Every week, Tracey Ryniec, the editor of Zacks Value Investor portfolio, shares some of her top value investing tips and stock picks.

The latest 13F filings are out. For value investors, that means getting a peak at what Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway is buying and selling.

The third quarter filing was a bit disappointing on first glance.

Berkshire only bought two new positions: RH (RH) and Occidental Petroleum (OXY). They were both small positions, with a $206 million buy in RH and a $330 million position in Occidental.

Berkshire also has a position, of sorts, in Occidental. It bought $10 billion in preferred stock to help fund the Anadarko acquisition. That pays a dividend of 8%. Berkshire also gets warrants on 80 million shares for $62.50.

Buy the Worst Industries

Both of these two new acquisitions were in beaten down industries.

In the case of energy, most investors have fled after years of falling earnings and fears of falling demand due to a global recession.

Retail has been in the doghouse for nearly 3 years.

But good value investors dive in when everyone else is fleeing.

Should you do it?

Berkshire Owns Other Energy and Consumer Discretionary Stocks

1.       Suncor Energy (SU) was added to the portfolio in the fourth quarter of 2018. It’s a Canadian oil sands producer. Shares are still cheap, with a forward P/E of 12.6. The company pays a dividend, currently yielding 4% and recently increased its share repurchase program by $500 million.

2.       Phillips 66 (PSX) is a refiner. Berkshire has owned shares since the second quarter of 2012. And while it sold a small portion of the position in the third quarter of this year, the shares are still cheap. It trades with a forward P/E of 13.5.

3.       Restaurant Brands (QSR) was added to Berkshire’s portfolio in the fourth quarter of 2014. It bought well before the Popeye chicken sandwich or the Burger King Impossible Whopper became cultural phenomena. The shares are much more expensive now, with a forward P/E of 24.5.

What else should you know about Warren Buffett’s recent stock buys?

Listen to this week’s podcast to find out.

[In full disclosure, the author of this article owns shares of RH in her personal portfolio.]

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