Warren Buffett's Top 25 Stocks for 2014

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Warren Buffett is considered the most respected and successful investor. Often called "The Oracle of Omaha" for his impressive investing prowess, he is among the world's wealthiest people.

Buffett studied under the legendary Benjamin Graham at Columbia University who had a major impact on Buffett's life and investment strategies.

Buffett is chairman of Omaha, Nebraska-based Berkshire Hathaway Inc (BRK.A) which he built from a textile company into a major corporation with a market cap over $200 billion. Under Buffett's leadership, Berkshire shares averaged a 21.4% compounded annual gain in per share book value from 1965-2006.

He follows a value investing strategy that is an adaptation of Graham's approach: Discipline, patience and value consistently outperforms the market. His moves are followed by investors worldwide. Buffett seeks to acquire great companies trading at a discount to their intrinsic value, and to hold onto them for a long time. He will only invest in businesses that he understands, and always insists on a margin of safety.

Regarding the types of businesses Berkshire likes to purchase, Buffett has said,"We want businesses to be one that we can understand, with favorable long-term prospects, operated by honest and competent people, and available at a very attractive price."

What follows are Buffett's top 25 holdings as of March 31, 2014.

1. Wells Fargo & Co (WFC)

Shares Held by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway:  463,458,000
Value of Holdings:  $23.05 billion
Portfolio Weighting as of 3/31/2014:  21.8%

Wells Fargo & Co is a diversified financial services company. It provides retail, corporate and commercial banking services through banking stores and offices, the internet and other distribution channels to individuals, businesses and institutions.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates WELLS FARGO & CO as a Buy with a ratings score of A. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate WELLS FARGO & CO (WFC) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow."

2. Coca-Cola (KO)

Shares Held by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway:  400,000,000
Value of Holdings:  $15.46 billion
Portfolio Weighting as of 3/31/2014:  14.6%

Coca-Cola Co manufactures, distributes and markets non-alcoholic beverage concentrates and syrups.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates COCA-COLA CO as a Buy with a ratings score of B+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate COCA-COLA CO (KO) a BUY. This is driven by a number of strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself."

3. American Express Co (AXP)

Shares Held by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway:  151,611,000
Value of Holdings:  $13.65 billion
Portfolio Weighting as of 3/31/2014:  12.9%

American Express Co is a payments, network and travel company, which offers credit payment card products and travel-related services to consumers and businesses.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates AMERICAN EXPRESS CO as a Buy with a ratings score of A. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate AMERICAN EXPRESS CO (AXP) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated."

4. International Business Machines Corp (IBM)

Shares Held by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway:  68,355,000
Value of Holdings:  $13.15 billion
Portfolio Weighting as of 3/31/2014:  12.4%

International Business Machines Corp is an Information Technology (IT) company. It creates business value for clients and solves business problems through integrated solutions that leverage information technology & knowledge of business processes.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates INTL BUSINESS MACHINES CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of B+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: 

"We rate INTL BUSINESS MACHINES CORP (IBM) a BUY. This is driven by a number of strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

5. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT)

Shares Held by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway:  58,052,000
Value of Holdings:  $4.43 billion
Portfolio Weighting as of 3/31/2014:  4.2%

Wal-Mart Stores Inc, operates retail stores in various formats under various banners. Its operations comprise of three reportable business segments, Walmart U.S., Walmart International and Sam's Club in three categories retail, wholesale and others.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates WAL-MART STORES INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate WAL-MART STORES INC (WMT) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins."

6. Proctor & Gamble  (PG)

Shares Held by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway:  52,793,000
Value of Holdings:  $4.25 billion
Portfolio Weighting as of 3/31/2014:  4%

Procter & Gamble Co provides branded consumer packaged goods. It markets its products in about 180 countries through mass merchandisers, grocery stores, membership club stores, drug stores, department stores among others.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates PROCTER & GAMBLE CO as a Buy with a ratings score of A. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate PROCTER & GAMBLE CO (PG) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity."

7. Exxon Mobile Corporation  (XOM)

Shares Held by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway:   41,130,000
Value of Holdings:  $4.01 billion
Portfolio Weighting as of 3/31/2014:  3.8%

Exxon Mobil Corporation is engaged in energy, involving exploration for, and production of, crude oil and natural gas, manufacture of petroleum products and transportation and sale of crude oil, natural gas and petroleum products.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates EXXON MOBIL CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate EXXON MOBIL CORP (XOM) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins."

8. U.S. Bancorp  (USB)

Shares Held by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway:  80,027,000
Value of Holdings:  $3.43 billion
Portfolio Weighting as of 3/31/2014:  3.2%

U.S. Bancorp is a multi-state financial holding company. It provides financial services through its subsidiaries, including lending and depository services, cash management, foreign exchange and trust and investment management services.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates U S BANCORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate U S BANCORP (USB) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

9. Direct TV  (DTV)

Shares Held by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway:  34,515,000
Value of Holdings:  $2.63 billion
Portfolio Weighting as of 3/31/2014:  2.5%

DirecTV is a provider of digital television entertainment in the United States and Latin America. It operates two direct-to-home, or DTH, business units: DIRECTV U.S. and DIRECTV Latin America.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates DIRECTV as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate DIRECTV (DTV) a BUY. This is driven by a few notable strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

10. DaVita Healthcare Partners Inc  (DVA)

Shares Held by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway:  37,621,000
Holdings Value:  $2.59 billion
Portfolio Weighting as of 3/31/2014:  2.4%

DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc operates kidney dialysis centers and provides related lab services mainly in dialysis centers and in contracted hospitals across the United States. It also operates other ancillary services and strategic initiatives.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates DAVITA HEALTHCARE PARTNERS as a Buy with a ratings score of B+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: 

"We rate DAVITA HEALTHCARE PARTNERS (DVA) a BUY. This is driven by some important positives, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins."

11. Goldman Sachs Group Inc.  (GS)

Shares Held by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway:  12,632,000
Holdings Value:  $2.07 billion
Portfolio Weighting as of 3/31/2014:  2%

Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a investment banking, securities and investment management firm. Its segments include Investment Banking, Trading and Principal Investments, Asset Management and Securities Services.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP INC (GS) a BUY. This is driven by several positive factors, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

12. Moody's Corporation (MCO)

Shares Held by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway:  24,670,000
Holdings Value:  $1.95 billion
Portfolio Weighting as of 3/31/2014:  1.9%

Moody's Corporation is a provider of credit ratings, credit and economic related research, data and analytical tools, risk management software and quantitative credit risk measures, credit portfolio management solutions and training services.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates MOODY'S CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate MOODY'S CORP (MCO) a BUY. This is driven by multiple strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated."

13. Graham Holdings Co.  (GHC)

Shares Held by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway:  1,728,000
Holdings Value:  $1.21 billion
Portfolio Weighting as of 3/31/2014:  1.1%

Graham Holdings Co together with its subsidiaries, operates as a diversified education and media company in the United States and internationally.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates GRAHAM HOLDINGS CO as a Buy with a ratings score of B+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate GRAHAM HOLDINGS CO (GHC) a BUY. This is driven by a number of strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook."

14. USG Corp (USG

Shares Held by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway:  34,890,000
Holdings Value:  $1.14 billion
Portfolio Weighting as of 3/31/2014:  1.1%

USG Corp, through its subsidiaries, is a manufacturer and distributor of building materials, producing products for use in new residential, new nonresidential and residential and nonresidential repair & remodel construction.

TheStreet Ratings team rates USG CORP as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate USG CORP (USG) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins."

15. General Motors (GM)

Shares Held by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway:  30,000,000
Holdings Value:  $1.03 billion
Portfolio Weighting as of 3/31/2014:  0.98%

General Motors Company designs, builds and sell cars, trucks and automobile parts. The Company also provides automotive financing services through General Motors Financial Company, Inc.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates GENERAL MOTORS CO as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate GENERAL MOTORS CO (GM) a BUY. This is driven by a few notable strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

16. Bank of New York Mellon Corp  (BK)

Shares Held by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway:  24,653,000
Holdings Value:  $870 million
Portfolio Weighting as of 3/31/2014:  0.82%

Bank of New York Mellon Corporation is a global investment company. Its business segments are: Investment Management and Investment Services. Its other segments includes credit-related services, the leasing portfolio, corporate treasury activities.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON CORP (BK) a BUY. This is driven by a few notable strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and compelling growth in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook."

17. Chicago Bridge & Iron Co  (CBI)

Shares Held by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway:  9,551,000
Holdings Value:  $832 million
Portfolio Weighting as of 3/31/2014:  0.79%

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company provides conceptual design, technology, engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction and commissioning services to customers in the energy, petrochemical and natural resource industries.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates CHICAGO BRIDGE & IRON CO as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate CHICAGO BRIDGE & IRON CO (CBI) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins."

18. ConocoPhillips  (COP)

Shares Held by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway:  11,080,000
Holdings Value:  $779 million
Portfolio Weighting as of 3/31/2014:  0.74%

ConocoPhillips is engaged in exploration, development and production of crude oil and natural gas.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates CONOCOPHILLIPS as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate CONOCOPHILLIPS (COP) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results."

19. Phillips 66 (PSX)

Shares Held by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway:  9,741,000
Holdings Value:  $751 million
Portfolio Weighting as of 3/31/2014:  0.71%

Phillips 66 is a downstream energy company. The Company's segment includes Refining and Marketing (R&M), Midstream and Chemicals businesses. Its Chemicals business is conducted through its 50% interest in Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates PHILLIPS 66 as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate PHILLIPS 66 (PSX) a BUY. This is driven by some important positives, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins."

20. Liberty Media Corporation  (LMCA)

Shares Held by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway:  5,300,000
Holdings Value:  $693 million
Portfolio Weighting as of 3/31/2014:  0.66%

Liberty Media Corporation is engaged in media, communications and entertainment industries. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, it operates in North America.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates LIBERTY MEDIA CORP as a Hold with a ratings score of C-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate LIBERTY MEDIA CORP (LMCA) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and weak operating cash flow."

21. National Oilwell Varco Inc (NOV)

Shares Held by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway:  8,880,000
Holdings Value:  $691 million
Portfolio Weighting as of 3/31/2014:  0.65%

National Oilwell Varco, Inc., is a provider of equipment and components used in oil and gas drilling and production operations, oilfield services, and supply chain integration services to the upstream oil and gas industry

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TheStreet Ratings team rates NATIONAL OILWELL VARCO INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate NATIONAL OILWELL VARCO INC (NOV) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity."

22. M&T Bank Corp (MTB)

Shares Held by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway:  5,382,000
Holdings Value:  $653 million
Portfolio Weighting as of 3/31/2014:  0.62%

M&T Bank Corp is a New York business corporation and a bank holding company. The Company through subsidiaries provides individuals, corporations and other businesses, and institutions with commercial and retail banking services.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates M & T BANK CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate M & T BANK CORP (MTB) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

23. Viacom Inc (VIAB)

Shares Held by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway:   7,607,000
Holdings Value:   $647 million
Portfolio Weighting as of 3/31/2014:   0.61%

Viacom Inc. (VIAB) is an entertainment content company that connects with audiences in over 160 countries and territories and creates compelling television programs, motion pictures, short-form video, applications, games, consumer products, social media and other entertainment content.

24. VeriSign Inc (VRSN)

Shares Held by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway:  11,686,000
Holdings Value:  $630 million
Portfolio Weighting as of 3/31/2014:  0.60%

VeriSign, Inc. is a provider of internet infrastructure services for the networked world. It provides network confidence & availability for mission-critical Internet services, such as domain name registry services & infrastructure assurance services.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates VERISIGN INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate VERISIGN INC (VRSN) a BUY. This is driven by some important positives, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, increase in net income and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow."

25. Verizon Communications (VZ)

Shares Held by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway:  11,023,000
Holdings Value:  $524 million
Portfolio Weighting as of 3/31/2014:  0.50%

Verizon Communications Inc. is a provider of communications, information and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses and governmental agencies. Its two segments are Wireless and Wireline.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC (VZ) a BUY. This is driven by multiple strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, compelling growth in net income and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated."

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