Picking stocks like Warren Buffett

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If Warren Buffett, whose longterm approach and stellar track record are well documented, were to create a portfolio from scratch, what stocks might he pick? Using a quantitative approach, Credit Suisse walked through this exercise recently. Berkshire Hathaway's (BRK.A) acquisition criteria outlined in its annual report: i) Earnings Record - Record of consistent earnings power; ii) Return on Invested Capital - Good return on equity with little or no debt; iii) Management - Honest, capable management in place; iv) Type of business - Simple business with barrier to entry for competitors.

Translating these criteria into a set of quantitative rules, Credit Suisse was able to identify some 27 companies that passed the quantitative and qualitative criteria out of the combined S&P 1500, Russell 3000, and S&P/TSX Composite (minimum market cap $250 million). No Canadian companies passed the screening criteria, however five tech companies did. Would Buffett consider: Adtran (ADTN), Altera (ALTR), Avago Technologies (AVGO), F5 Networks (FFIV) or NetApp (NTAP)? Buffett recently shed his aversion to tech stocks with investments in IBM (IBM) - $11 billion and Intel (INTC) - $220 million.

Canaccord Genuity Inc. is a global investment banking and institutional brokerage firm. Their website is www.canaccordgenuity.com.

For disclosures of any equities mentioned here please see: http://www.canaccordgenuity.com/en/ODD/pages/disclosures.aspx

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Canaccord Genuity Inc. is a global investment banking and institutional brokerage firm. Their website is www.canaccordgenuity.com.

For disclosures of any equities mentioned here please see: http://www.canaccordgenuity.com/en/ODD/pages/disclosures.aspx.

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