Wednesday, January 12, 2011

* Who Owns The Top Dividend Stocks?

The internet provides investors with so much useful and interesting information. I could not imagine going back a decade or so and trying to analyze stocks without the internet - waiting for quarterly reports to be mailed for owned companies and calling the investor relations contacts for information on unowned companies. One of my job responsibilities is the statutory reporting for the corporation I work for. Filing 10-Ks, 10-Qs and other such required reports is often tedious, but it gives me a great appreciation of what information is available, including who owns some of the top dividend stocks...

In the U.S., the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requires institutional investment managers who exercise investment discretion over $100 million or more in Section 13(f) securities to report their holdings on Form 13F with the SEC. Because of this required filing we can analyze the holdings of Berkshire Hathaway (Warren Buffett's holding company) or any other large institution. However, once the Form 13Fs are aggregated, we can see who the large shareholders are for any public company, including these high profile dividend growth companies:

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) | Yield: 3.5%
- 62.44% Institutional Ownership (%)
- 20.20% Top 10 Institutions (%)
- 00.79% 5%/Insider Ownership (%)
- 4.9% State Street Global Advisors (US)
- 3.8% Vanguard Group, Inc.
- 3.3% BlackRock Institutional Trust Company, N.A.
- 1.6% Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
- 1.4% State Farm Insurance Companies

The Coca-Cola Company (KO) | Yield: 2.8%
- 62.87% Institutional Ownership (%)
- 29.60 Top 10 Institutions (%)
- 04.68% 5%/Insider Ownership (%)
- 8.6% Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
- 3.7% Vanguard Group, Inc.
- 3.6% State Street Global Advisors (US)
- 3.2% Fidelity Management & Research
- 3.1% BlackRock Institutional Trust Company, N.A.

Procter & Gamble Co. (PG) | Yield: 3.0%
- 57.01% Institutional Ownership (%)
- 20.00% Top 10 Institutions (%)
- 00.34% 5%/Insider Ownership (%)
- 3.9% State Street Global Advisors (US)
- 3.8% Vanguard Group, Inc.
- 3.5% BlackRock Institutional Trust Company, N.A.
- 2.7% Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
- 1.5% Fidelity Management & Research

For the above I used MSN MoneyCentral, but many other services provide the same information. Obviously, large index mutual funds, such as the Vanguard Group, Inc. and Fidelity, will hold significant positions in S&P 500 companies, and those in other indexes. Insurance companies, such as Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and State Farm, will always have large sums invested in equities. The above three popular dividend growth stocks are all held by Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK.A). As you can see from BRK.A's latest 13F on the SEC's website, they are also holding these other dividend growth stocks:

- Becton Dickinson & Co. (BDX) | Yield: 2.0%
- ConocoPhillips (COP) | Yield: 3.3%
- Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) | Yield: 2.3%
- Lowes Companies Inc. (LOW) | Yield: 1.8%
- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT) | Yield: 2.2%

Buffett is a renowned value investor. As such, BRK.A's 13F is one of the most viewed each quarter when it is filed. Investors want to know what the Oracle has bought and sold. Many websites use this information to set up a Buffett Tracking Portfolio, along with other respected investors. There is a great deal of information freely available to investors. Sometimes we just need to detour from our familiar paths to discover it.

Full Disclosure: Long JNJ, KO, PG, WMT. See a list of all my income holdings here.

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