Warren Buffett has a successful investment track record. Many investors look to him for inspiration. For a long time, Buffett gave technology stocks a wide berth. Now, the billionaire investor owns some technology stocks through Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.B).
Warren Buffett’s portfolio only features a handful of technology stocks. Investors take notice of any stock that makes it to his portfolio.
Looking at Buffett’s stock portfolio, you will quickly notice technology names like Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN). These companies are household technology names. However, not every technology company that’s a household name makes the cut. You don’t see names like Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), Netflix, or Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) in Buffett’s stock portfolio. Berkshire Hathaway has also invested in little-known technology companies Verisign and StoneCo.
Warren Buffett’s tech stocks picks beat the market
All of Warren Buffett’s technology stocks have been beating the market this year. They also reported impressive earnings results in the March quarter.
Among Buffett’s technology stock picks, investors have been jostling to own Apple and Amazon this year. Apple stock has risen 25% year-to-date, while Amazon stock is up 50% for the year. In contrast, the S&P 500 Index has fallen about 5.0% for the year. While Verisign and StoneCo don’t have Apple and Amazon’s gains, they have been beating the market. Verisign stock has risen 0.18% YTD, while StoneCo stock has risen 6.5%. Both companies’ March quarter financial results beat the expectations despite COVID-19 headwinds.
StoneCo is a financial technology and e-commerce company with operations in Latin America. Verisign is a US company that provides global domain name registry services.
Apple and Amazon stocks this year
Recently, Apple stock hit record highs. The stock soared following the low-cost iPhone SE launch and growing expectations for the 5G iPhone coming out this year. Also, Apple’s fast-growing services business and plans to ditch Intel processors in Mac computers impressed investors. Berkshire Hathaway took a position in Apple stock in 2016 after avoiding technology companies for years.
Amazon stock, which is another prominent technology holding in Warren Buffett’s portfolio, has soared this year. Investors have piled into Amazon. The coronavirus pandemic boosted the company’s business across e-commerce and cloud computing. Jim Cramer is also a big name in Amazon stock. He recommends buying Amazon and Facebook stock. He said that these companies have secular internal growth engines.
Some Wall Street analysts see Amazon stock hitting $5,000, which implies more than an 80% gain from the current level of $2,755. Berkshire Hathaway revealed its stake in Amazon stock in May 2019. Since then, the stock has risen by nearly 50%.