This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
See Cramer's multi-million dollar portfolio for FREE and get his new book Get Rich Carefully! Learn More

3 Stocks Buffett Won't Buy at Any Price

The following commentary comes from an independent investor or market observer as part of TheStreet's guest contributor program, which is separate from the company's news coverage.

By Jamie Dlugosch, InvestorPlace.com

NEW YORK (InvestorPlace) -- Do you think Warren Buffett was a Lone Ranger fan? It's likely, considering he rode that white horse to the rescue. Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) announced $5 billion investment in Bank of America (BAC) puts him back in the role of hero last week. For the second time since the financial collapse of 2008, Buffett is bringing his substantial war chest of capital to the financial services industry under the auspices of providing confidence and support to the U.S. economy.

Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett
But don't think Buffett is out to save every ugly company out there. Here are three picks Warren Buffett wouldn't touch at ANY price.

Hewlett-Packard

For details, just read a recent article that makes a compelling case for why Hewlett Packard embodies everything wrong with corporate America. Like Bank of America, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) shares have sold off hard during the recent market correction. The technology company has seen its stock sink 32% since July 22. Fueling that decline were dramatic moves by management amid a gloomy forecast for the future.
  • Also see: Charts Say Sell Into a Rally
  • One thing Buffett does not buy is technology. He claims to not understand these stocks like he does insurance, banks and other basic industrial concerns, and he readily admits to missing out on several opportunities to buy low over the years. Hewlett-Packard might or might not be attractive at these prices, but there is no Warren Buffett waiting in the wings to show support for this wounded technology company.

    Research In Motion

    Despite Buffett's reticence to own technology companies, he does buy things that he uses or places where he shops. He loved See's Candy, so he bought the company. He did the same thing with Dairy Queen. But because Buffett does not own a cell phone, it is unlikely he will come to the rescue of falling personal phone and data device maker Research In Motion (RIMM).
  • Also see: 6 cheap tech stocks that will only sink lower
  • RIM has seen its fortunes change dramatically. Apple has effectively destroyed the company. Since earlier this year, the company has seen its stock value plummet by 60%. At currently depressed levels, the only buying here is on speculation that someone will come to the rescue. It won't be Buffett.

    Sirius XM Radio

    As an amateur musician, we know Buffett is a listener of music. Given the multiple music choices offered by satellite radio provider Sirius XM Radio (SIRI), it is a safe bet that Buffett in some way, shape or form is familiar with this company. Perhaps his private jet comes with a subscription to satellite radio?
  • Also see: Restaurant Stocks Set Sites on ... Kenya?
  • Stock quotes in this article: BAC, HPQ, RIMM, SIRI, BRK.A 

    Select the service that is right for you!

    COMPARE ALL SERVICES
    Action Alerts PLUS
    Try it NOW

    Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

    Product Features:
    • $2.5+ million portfolio
    • Large-cap and dividend focus
    • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
    • Weekly roundups
    TheStreet Quant Ratings
    Try it NOW
    Only $49.95/yr

    Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

    Product Features:
    • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
    • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
    • A custom stock screener
    • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
    Stocks Under $10
    Try it NOW

    David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

    Product Features:
    • Model portfolio
    • Stocks trading below $10
    • Intraday trade alerts
    • Weekly roundups
    Dividend Stock Advisor
    Try it NOW

    Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

    Product Features:
    • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
    • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
    • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
    Real Money Pro
    Try it NOW

    All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

    Product Features:
    • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
    • Intraday commentary & news
    • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
    Options Profits
    Try it NOW

    Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

    Product Features:
    • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
    • Actionable options commentary & news
    • Real-time trading community
    • Options TV
    To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
    DOW 16,408.54 -16.31 -0.10%
    S&P 500 1,864.85 +2.54 0.14%
    NASDAQ 4,095.5160 +9.2910 0.23%

    Brokerage Partners

    Rates from Bankrate.com

    • Mortgage
    • Credit Cards
    • Auto
    Advertising Partners

    Free Newsletters from TheStreet

    My Subscriptions:

    After the Bell

    Before the Bell

    Booyah! Newsletter

    Midday Bell

    TheStreet Top 10 Stories

    Winners & Losers

    Register for Newsletters
    Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs