Over the past several years, Berkshire Hathaway’s (NYSE: BRK-A)(NYSE: BRK-B) succession plan for when Warren Buffett can no longer run the company has become of greater interest to investors. We recently got some more concrete information about the succession plan when Berkshire managers Ajit Jain and Greg Abel both joined the company’s board and were named vice chairmen, a move Buffett confirmed was part of the company’s succession plan.
So who are these two men who could take Warren Buffett’s place? Here’s what we know about Berkshire’s succession plan, and a brief introduction to the two Berkshire managers who could potentially run the $600 billion conglomerate in the future.
Berkshire’s succession plan
Warren Buffett is 87 years old, and his business partner and right-hand man, Charlie Munger, is 94. While we all hope Buffett and Munger live well into their 100s, the reality is that they won’t be able and/or willing to run the company forever. So over the past few years, Berkshire’s succession plan has become much more of a hot topic.
Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch For 2018: Tesoro Corporation(TSO)
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows Valero Energy Corporation along with large cap peersMarathon Petroleum Corp (NYSE: MPC) and Andeavor (NYSE: ANDV), formerlyTesoro Corporation (NYSE: TSO),all giving a similar performance whilemid capWestern Refining, Inc (NYSE: WNR) has varied a bit from its peers:
- [By Benzinga News Desk]
U.S. oil refiner Tesoro (NYSE: TSO) said it would buy Western Refining (NYSE: WNR) for $4.1 billion to add refineries in Texas, New Mexico and Minnesota. The combined company will have refining capacity of over 1.1 million barrels per day. Tesoro has refineries in California, Washington, Alaska, Utah and North Dakota.
Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch For 2018: Crescent Point Energy Corp (16)
- [By Kana Nishizawa]
China Coal Energy Co., the countrys second-largest producer of the fuel, sank 3.1 percent after the government said it will cut coal consumption. Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd. (16), the worlds second-biggest developer, fell 1.4 percent after trimming its sales target. Gold producers led materials companies lower as the precious metal headed for its steepest weekly loss since June amid expectations the U.S. Federal Open Market Committee will next week decide to reduce stimulus.
Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch For 2018: Shaw Communications Inc.(SJR)
- [By Garrett Baldwin]
The price of Bitcoin surged more than 17% to top $8,000 in a rapid move that surprised many investors this morning. The sudden rally appears to be the result of a short squeeze, according to CNBC contributor Brian Kelly. This means that investors who had been betting on a decline in the price of the world’s largest cryptocurrency had been forced to jump back and buy the currency again. A lot of people have been betting on a decline in the price of Bitcoin heading toward the April 17 tax deadline. The expectation is that many people will need to sell their Bitcoin in order to raise cash to meet tax obligations. Here’s our latest daily insight on why the Bitcoin bear market may end very soon.
Markets gains have been capped by concerns about the latest news out of the Federal Reserve. On Wednesday, minutes from the Fed’s most recent meeting indicated that policy makers are prepared to raise interest rates several more times in the coming months in order to stave off concerns about inflation.
Four Stocks to Watch Today: BLK, FB, DAL
Shares of BlackRock Inc. (NYSE: BLK) are on the move after the company reported earnings before the bell. The firm reported earnings per share (EPS) of $6.70. Analysts projected the firm would report EPS of $6.45 on top of $3.28 billion in revenue. The firm topped revenue expectations. The firm noted that an increase in its consulting fees and the recent tax reform bill helped bolster its profitability by 27%.
The stock of Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) has climbed more than 6% since Tuesday. Investors cheered the testimony of CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who appeared before Congress for two days to discuss his company’s privacy policies. The CEO and his firm have been under intense scrutiny since news broke that 87 million user accounts had been accessed without permission by consulting firm Cambridge Analytica during the 2016 election season. The firm had ties to President Trump’s campaign.
Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) reported ea
Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch For 2018: iShares US Basic Materials (IYM)
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows shares of small cap Apogee Enterprises strongly outperforming potential performancebenchmarks like theMaterials Select Sector SPDR (NYSEARCA: XLB) and iShares Dow Jones US Basic Materials ETF (NYSEARCA: IYM) albeit that performance has fallen off:
Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch For 2018: Compass Minerals Intl Inc(CMP)
- [By Monica Gerson]
Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE: CMP) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $1.33 per share on revenue of $347.03 million.
MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.33 per share on revenue of $177.19 million.