I was just reviewing the new stories queue at Value Investing News when I discovered that Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway was named ‘Most Respected’ by a Barron’s survey. This doesn’t come as any real surprise to me. It’s really about time that Buffett’s company was recognized as a true corporate leader.
Some have speculated that Warren Buffett’s massive donations this past year is what secured Berkshire Hathaway’s position as the most respected company in the world. That might be what did it. I’m just surprised that Berkshire Hathaway (BRKa) was not at the top of the list last year.
Perfectly timed, I just received a copy from John Wiley & Sons of the completely revised and updated Warren Buffett Speaks by Janet Lowe. I’ve actually never read this book, so I’m pretty excited to have a copy of it. I have a few other books to read, including the Active Value Investing by fellow blogger, Vitaliy Katsenelson. Once I clear out my reading backlog, I’ll let you know what I think of Warren Buffett Speaks.
Getting back to the list of the world’s most respected companies, I think it might be worth looking over this list. Quite a few of the top companies on the list have sustainable competitive advantages. Here are the top ten companies to get you started:
- Berkshire Hathaway (BRKa)
- Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)
- Toyota Motor (TM)
- Procter & Gamble (PG)
- General Electric (GE)
- Microsoft (MSFT)
- Nestlé (NSRGY)
- Apple (AAPL)
- Cisco (CSCO)
- ExxonMobil (XOM)
You can review the complete list of The World’s Most Respected Companies by loading the PDF at the previous link. I noticed several of the Fat Pitch Financials Port holdings on the list, including: Microsoft (MSFT), Merck (MRK), Pfizer (PFE), and Unilever (UL). I actually a bit surprised how large a percentage of my holdings made this list.
I might have to look a bit closer at this list to see if any these top quality stocks might be on sale. Do you see any other fat pitch opportunities on this list of the 100 most respected companies?
Full Disclosure: I own many of the stocks mentioned in this article.