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Warren Buffett is closing positions at Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble: What does this mean for Investors?

Bill Combs
29. 12. 2023
2 min read

Warren Buffett, the legendary investor and chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, recently surprised investors by closing his positions in two large companies - Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble. What could this mean for ordinary investors and what is the reason behind these decisions?

Johnson & Johnson: Exiting the healthcare conglomerate

During the third quarter, Berkshire Hathaway sold all of its Johnson & Johnson stock. This decision comes as a surprise, especially since Johnson & Johnson has a legendary history of raising dividends for over 60 years. However, one reason may lie in the recent spin-off of Kenvue.

Berkshire Hathaway, of course, avoids investing in industries it doesn't understand, and healthcare technology can be tricky for $BRK-B-1.1%. With Kenvue's departure, Johnson & Johnson is more focused on the pharmaceutical and medical technology segments. For investors, this means the company may become more susceptible to fluctuations in these sectors.

Despite this change in portfolio, Johnson & Johnson still maintains strong positions in the healthcare industry.

Procter & Gamble: The end of a long-standing collaboration

Another surprise came with the sale of 315,400 shares of Procter & Gamble. This company has an even longer dividend history than Johnson & Johnson, dating back to 1890. So why did Berkshire Hathaway end its participation in this legendary company?

Proctor & Gamble has steady profits thanks to established brands like Crest, Tide and Pampers. Its free cash flow reached $14.6 billion last year, although dividend growth may be affected by rising interest costs.

What does this mean for investors?

For mainstream investors, the question is whether to follow Buffett's lead and reassess their portfolio. The decision to exit Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble may be motivated by a variety of factors, including changes in the industry and Berkshire Hathaway's investment approach.

However, it is important to recognize that each investor has its own goals and strategy.

Conclusion:

Warren Buffett is known for his long-term investment approach, and therefore his decisions can be viewed as an indicator of potential changes in the market. Investors should closely monitor developments in these companies and consider whether their own portfolio reflects their long-term goals and strategies.


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