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How Warren Buffett’s portfolio performed in the first half of 2024

How Warren Buffett's portfolio performed in the first half of 2024
Ana Zirojevic

As the first half of 2024 concludes, it is time to take a closer look at how successful it was for assets in the portfolio of one of the greatest long-term investors of all time who specializes in buying and holding high-quality, cash-flow positive stocks for the long term, Warren Buffett.

Specifically, Buffett owns an assortment of public companies’ stocks through his holding company Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A) and Finbold has analyzed the performance of the three stocks that make up the majority of his portfolio over the course of the past half-year period.

#1 Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL)

First and foremost, Buffett’s largest stock position is in Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), which makes up 48% of his portfolio and has made a solid advance of 14.49% since the year’s turn, mostly thanks to the Apple’s continuous advances in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) and despite its legal troubles.

At the moment, AAPL stocks are changing hands at $212.55, which also indicates a 0.45% drop on the day, a 1.07% gain across the week, and an accumulated advance of 9.45% on its monthly chart, according to the most recent price data on July 1.

Apple stock price year-to-date (YTD) chart. Source: Finbold
Apple stock price year-to-date (YTD) chart. Source: Finbold

#2 Bank of America (NYSE: BAC)

Meanwhile, Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) shares have gained 18.75% since the beginning of 2024, despite the company’s ballooning unrealized losses that have grown from $14 billion to $113 billion since the United States Federal Reserve started raising interest rates in 2022.

Indeed, BofA has a steady business foundation thanks to its well-diversified deposit base, with 37 million customer checking accounts and nearly $2 trillion in deposits, so its stock’s advance to $40.26, up 0.36% on its daily chart, growing 1.21% over the week, and increasing 1.04% in the last month, is no surprise.

Bank of America stock price year-to-date (YTD) chart. Source: Finbold
Bank of America stock price year-to-date (YTD) chart. Source: Finbold

#3 American Express (NYSE: AXP)

Finally, American Express (NYSE: AXP) shares have made the highest year-to-date (YTD) advance of the three top stocks in Warren Buffett’s portfolio, having grown 24.38%, repeatedly beating the S&P 500 and delivering consistently strong financial results.

As Amex introduces identity theft prevention AI tools and AXP stock momentum continues, it is trading at the price of $234.22, making a modest increase of 0.02% in the last 24 hours, a more significant gain of 2.02% across the previous seven days, but recording a drop of 1.04% in the past month.

American Express stock price year-to-date (YTD) chart. Source: Finbold
American Express stock price year-to-date (YTD) chart. Source: Finbold


All things considered, Buffett’s patient approach to investing based on fundamentals and diversification has been successful in the market conditions since the year’s start, bringing significant profit to traders who followed his lead and mimicked his investments.

Warren Buffett’s current portfolio. Source: GuruFocus
Warren Buffett’s current portfolio. Source: GuruFocus

That said, Warren Buffett is an experienced investor, fully aware of all the risks and downsides that come with the activity, primarily the often fickle nature of the stock market, so doing one’s own research and carefully weighing these risks is critical before devoting a significant amount of money to any asset.

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