Billionaire investor Warren Buffett, the founder of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-A), disclosed in a Friday night filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission the purchase of a massive stake in oil refinery Phillips 66 (PSX). As of Friday’s share price close, Buffett’s PSX stake is valued at approximately $4.47 billion. The regulatory filing did not […]View the full post at: Buffett Reveals Berkshire’s (BRK.A) Newest $4.5B Investment Pick
The stock market ended the month on a rough note as stocks dropped sharply last Thursday. The 1% declines in most of the major averages erased much of the months’ gains as the Dow Industrials was up just 0.4%, while the S&P 500 was up 0.85%. If the market can hold its gains into the close on Friday, it should help soothe investors.
On Thursday, the market was still trying to digest the very weak advance reading on GDP that was released Wednesday as well as the plunging social media stocks. The hot sectors—like the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology (IBB)—were down over 3% on Thursday.
The refinery and marketing (R&M) industry stocks have outperformed not just the S&P 500 Index but also the energy sector by a wide margin ever since the start of the year. This is shown in the graph below:
Phillips 66 (NYSE:PSX) reported that its third quarter of fiscal year 2015 (3QFY15, ended September 30, 2015) profit increased, as depressed crude oil prices continue to aid the refining and marketing (R&M) industry.
By Brian Nichols:The long-awaited market pullback has finally begun - or at least there is a chance that the markets will continue its downward trend. Last week, the S&P 500 lost 2% of its valuation, and has traded lower by almost 5% during the last month. With that said, my "5 Stocks To Watch" from last week had an average return of almost 3%.