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Top 10 Warren Buffett Buyback Stocks

Warren Buffett, the CEO and largest shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A), is the third richest man in the world, and he achieved that status through savvy investing.

We at Stockpickr thought it would be interesting to look at those Buffett stocks that are also the subject of big company share repurchases. As we often highlight here, many stocks have successfully risen in price through company buybacks. So at, we have come up with the 10 Warren Buffett stocks with stock buyback programs.

When a company buys back its own stock, it reduces the number of shares outstanding and therefore increases the earnings per share. It also sends a signal to investors that the company has confidence in its business and that its own shares are the best investment for its surplus funds.

As an example, Wal-Mart (WMT) recently implemented a $15 billion stock buyback program. And we also saw that Buffett increased his position in the company. Wal-Mart recently announced a 49.1% quarterly increase in earnings on a 10% increase in revenue. The stock has a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 14 and a P/E-to-growth (PEG) ratio of 1.1. The yield on the stock is 2%.

Wal-Mart shows up in the Bill and Hillary Clinton Portfolio, which lists the stocks held and recently liquidated by the Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton blind trust. The Clintons also owned Biogen Idec (BIIB), which also recently announced a $3 billion buyback. The pharmaceutical company, which is working on developing a treatment for lymphoma, as well as for multiple sclerosis and psoriasis, has a P/E of 37 and a PEG of 1.8.

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