A rebounding economy has been good news for Warren Buffett�� Berkshire Hathaway (BRK. A).
The company�� second-quarter results, released late Friday, rose more than expected as its investment portfolio gained in value and dozens of operating businesses owned by the holding company reported growth.
Net income climbed to $6.4 billion, or $3,889 per Class A share, from $4.54 billion, or $2,763 per Class A share a year earlier. Operating earnings, which exclude some investment results, were $2,634 per Class A share.
Revenue rose to $49.76 billion from $44.69 billion.
Analysts expected operating earnings of $2,485.21 per Class A share, and operating earnings of $1.66 per Class B share on revenue of $48.86 million.
Berkshire, which owns large insurance operations, a railroad, power plants, and apparel makers, has been run by Buffett for the last several decades.�In June, it was once again named to Barron’s annual list of the ��orld�� Most Respected Companies,��where it sits at�No. 2.
10 Best Construction Material Stocks To Buy Right Now: Vista Gold Corp (VGZ)
Vista Gold Corp. (Vista), incorporated on November 28, 1983, is engaged in the evaluation, acquisition, exploration and advancement of gold exploration and potential development projects. The Company's holdings include the Mt. Todd gold project in Australia; the Guadalupe de los Reyes gold/silver project in Mexico; the Concordia gold project in Mexico; the Awak Mas gold project in Indonesia; the Long Valley gold project in California, and mining claims in Utah. On April 6, 2011, the Company announced the completion of the combination involving Midas Gold, Inc., Vista's wholly owned subsidiary, Vista Gold U.S. Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Idaho Gold Resources, LLC., whereby each party contributed their respective gold assets in the Yellow Pine-Stibnite District in Idaho to a new Canadian private company named Midas Gold Corp. (Midas Gold). In October 2013, the Company announced that it has sold the Los Cardones gold project in Baja California Sur, Mexico, to the Invecture Group (Invecture) and RPG Structured Finance S.a r.l.
Mt. Todd Gold Project
The Company holds the Mt. Todd gold project through its wholly owned subsidiary, Vista Gold Australia Pty. Ltd. The project is located 56 kilometers by road northwest of Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia, and approximately 250 kilometers south of Darwin. On September 6, 2011, the Company announced the results of its mineral resource estimate for the Batman deposit at the Company�� Mt. Todd gold project in Northern Territory, Australia.
Guadalupe de los Reyes Gold/Silver Project
The Company�� Guadalupe de los Reyes project is located in the State of Sinaloa, in western Mexico, approximately halfway between the cities of Mazatlan and Culiacan. The property is held through 37 federal mining concessions totaling about 6,310.9 hectares. During the year ended December 31, 2011, the Company received the initial results of its Phase I surface sampling program completed at its Guadalupe de los Reye! s gold/silver project in Sinaloa, Mexico. In June 2011, it initiated the first phase of a two-phase exploration program. The initial results from Phase I confirmed the surface continuity of gold/silver bearing veins over a combined strike length of 14 kilometers. During October 2011, the Company received the permits for its planned drilling program at the Guadalupe de los Reyes gold/silver project, and drilling on a 12-hole core program had started.
Concordia Gold Project
The Concordia gold project is located 55 kilometers southeast of the city of La Paz, in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. The project area covers over 3,710 hectares and is consists of 15 mining concessions. Vista holds the Concordia gold project through its wholly owned, Mexican subsidiary, Desarrollos Zapal, S.A. de C.V. (DZ Mexico). On February 7, 2012, the Company announced that the Company had entered into an Earn-in Right Agreement (the Earn-in Right Agreement) with Mexico-based Invecture Group, S.A. de C.V. (Invecture) with respect to Vista's Concordia gold project in Baja California Sur, Mexico.
Awak Mas Gold Project
The the Awak Mas gold project is held through its indirect wholly owned subsidiary, PT Masmindo Dwi. The Awak Mas property is situated on the southern side of the Central Sulawesi Metamorphic Belt within a 50-kilometer-long, north-northeast trending fault-bounded block of basement metamorphic rocks and younger sediments. On June 13, 2011, the Company�� wholly owned subsidiary, Vista Gold (Barbados) Corp. (Vista Barbados) entered into an additional option agreement (Additional Option Agreement) with Pan Asia Resources Corp. (Pan Asia). The Additional Option Agreement provides Pan Asia with the opportunity to earn an additional 20% interest in its Awak Mas gold project in Indonesia after it has earned a 60% interest in the project pursuant to the joint venture agreement between Vista Barbados and Pan Asia that was executed in December 2009. In September 20! 11, the A! dditional Option Agreement and JV Agreement were assigned from Pan Asia to Awak Mas Holdings Pty.
Long Valley Gold Project
The Long Valley gold project is located in the Inyo National Forest, about 7 miles east of the town of Mammoth Lakes, in Mono County, California. The property consists of 95 contiguous, unpatented mining claims that cover an area of approximately 1,963 acres. The Long Valley gold project is held through its indirect wholly owned subsidiary Vista Gold California LLC.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Bryan Murphy]
A couple of days ago when gold and the SPDR Gold Trust ETF (NYSEARCA:GLD) were getting back into a bullish groove, I advocated Randgold Resources Ltd. ADR (NASDAQ:GOLD) as the better way to play gold's rebound. GOLD had fought its way back above a key ceiling, and was poised to take off... much more so than GLD was. To tell you the truth though, Randgold Resources Ltd. wasn't actually my first choice. The gold mining name I wanted to suggest was a little smaller - Vista Gold Corp. (NYSEMKT:VGZ). In the meantime, VGZ has forged out enough of the bullish progress I saw brewing then to merit a mention now.
Hot Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now: Banco Santander S.A.(STD)
Banco Santander, S.A. provides a range of banking and financial products. It accepts customer demand, time, and notice deposits, and international and domestic interbank deposits, as well as offers auto financing, personal loans, and credit cards; and automated cash dispensers, savings books updaters, telephone banking services, and electronic and Internet banking services. The company also engages corporate banking, treasury, and investment banking activities. It provides transaction banking services in cash management, trade finance, and basic financing; and corporate finance services for mergers and acquisitions, and asset and capital structuring, as well as involves in the origination activities and risk management, and distribution of structured products and debt in the credit markets; structuring and trading activities in financial markets of interest rate and exchange rate instruments; and activities relating to the equity markets. In addition, it engages in the des ign and management of mutual and pension funds, and life and general insurance products. The company operates primarily in Spain, the United Kingdom, other European countries, Brazil and other Latin American countries, and the United States. As of December 31, 2010, it had 6,063 branch offices in continental Europe; 1,416 branches in the United Kingdom; 5,882 branches in Latin America; and 721 branches in the United States. The company was formerly known as Banco Santander Central Hispano S.A. and changed its name to Banco Santander, S.A. in June 2007. Banco Santander, S.A. was founded in 1857 and is based in Madrid, Spain.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Holly LaFon]
Charlie: Yes, I have a question. Do you think the opportunity is more in stocks or in debt, or both? If you look at Spain, the biggest companies in Spain, one is a bank, Bank Santander (STD). The other is Telefonica (TEF), a phone company. What other opportunities do you see there?
- [By Chandan Dubey]
This article will describe what a bank does. Then we will move on to reading the balance sheet of a bank. As an example, I take the balance sheet of one of my holdings, Banco Santander (STD).
Hot Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now: GFI Group Inc. (GFIG)
GFI Group Inc. provides wholesale brokerage, clearing, electronic execution, and trading support products for financial markets. The company offers brokerage and trade execution services, clearing services, market data and trading platform, and other software products to institutional customers. The company provides brokerage services in fixed income derivatives, bond instruments, and other related products; financial instruments, including foreign exchange options, exotic options, non-U.S. Dollar interest rate swaps and options, repurchase agreements, forward and non-deliverable forward contracts, and government and municipal bond options; cash-based and derivative equity products, such as the U.S. domestic and international equity stocks, global depositary receipts, American depositary receipts, and equity derivatives; and cash-based and derivative commodity, and energy products comprising oil, natural gas, biofuel, electricity, wet and dry freight derivatives, dry physi cal freight, precious metals, coal, property derivatives, emissions, ethanol, and soft commodities. It also offers clearing, brokerage, settlement, and back-office services to proprietary traders, brokers, market makers, and hedge funds; provides capital to start-up trading groups, small hedge funds, market-makers, and individual traders; licenses multi-asset class electronic trading and order management software to brokers, exchanges, and traders in the commodities, fixed income, currencies, and equities markets; and offers FENICS Professional, a suite of price discovery, price distribution, trading, risk management, and straight-through processing components. The company primarily serves investment and commercial banks, large corporations, asset managers, insurance companies, hedge funds, and proprietary trading firms in the Americas; Europe, the Middle East, and Africa; and Asia. GFI Group Inc. was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in New York, New York.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Jayson Derrick]
CME Group (NYSE: CME) has agreed to acquire GFI Group (NASDAQ: GFIG) for $4.55 per share and will immediately sell it's wholesale brokerage and clearing business back to a group led by GFI Management. CME will retain GFI Group's Trayport which provides trading software in the European energy markets as well as FENICS, a provider of price discovery, analytics, risk-management and workflow connectivity services for over the counter foreign exchange options markets. Shares of CME Group gained 0.44 percent, closing at $75.83 while shares of GFI Group surged to new 52-week highs of $4.50 before closing the day at $4.47, up 43.73 percent.
Hot Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now: Digital Power Corp (DPW)
Digital Power Corporation (Digital), incorporated in 1969, is a solution-driven organization that designs, develops, manufactures and sells high-grade customized and flexible power system solutions for the demanding applications in the medical, military, telecom and industrial markets. It also has a wholly owned subsidiary, Digital Power Limited (DPL), which operates under the brand name of Gresham Power Electronics (Gresham). DPL is located in Salisbury, England, and it designs, manufactures and sells power products and system solutions mainly for the European marketplace, including power conversion, power distribution equipment, direct current/active current (DC/AC) inverters and uninterrupted power supply (UPS) products. DPL�� defense business has specialists in the field of naval applications of power distribution conversion. It markets and sells its products to many diverse market segments, including the telecom, industrial, medical and military/defense industries. Its products serve a global market, with an emphasis on North America and Europe. The Company offers a product variety, including a full custom product design and production, high-speed switching power front-end, modified-standard and value added products, open-frame, Compact-PCI, ATSC front-ends and power over Ethernet (PoE) product solutions, providing power output from 50 to 24,000 watts. On June 16, 2011 the Company has acquired Telkoor Telecom Ltd.
Power System Solutions
The Company provides custom power system solutions, high-grade flexibility series power supply products and value-added services to diverse industries and markets, including military/defense, telecom, medical and industrial. It provides high-grade custom power system solutions to numerous customers in multiple industry segments. Each custom solution that it develops is based on high power density and a special layout to meet each of its customer�� operation environments where efficiency, size and performance are key.
Di! gital Power Limited (Gresham Power Electronics)
DPL designs, manufactures, and distributes switching power supplies, uninterruptible power supplies, and power conversion and distribution equipment frequency converters for the commercial and military markets, under the name Gresham. Frequency converters manufactured by Gresham are used by navel warships to convert their generated 60-cycle electricity supply to 400 cycles. This 400-cycle supply is used to power their critical equipment such as gyro, compass, and weapons systems. Gresham also designs and manufactures transformer rectifiers for naval use. Typically, these provide battery supported back up for critical DC systems, such as machinery and communications. In addition, higher power rectifiers are used for the starting and servicing of helicopters on naval vessels, and Gresham supplies these as part of overall helicopter start and servicing systems.
The Company competes with Power-One, Emerson (Astec) Technologies, Inc., Lambda Electronics, and Mean-Well Power Supplies.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Robert Wall]
One of the country�� largest employers with more than 150,000 staff, Royal Mail has shifted away from letters to more lucrative package shipping, competing with TNT Express NV (TNTE) of the Netherlands and Deutsche Post AG (DPW)�� DHL Express.