Three Iconic American Companies with Warren Buffett’s Stamp of Approval

Warren Buffett purchased his first Coca-Cola shares in 1988. More than 25 years later, the beverage giant remains one of the billionaire’s top holdings – something that’s not likely to change anytime soon. “We’ve never sold a share of Coca-Cola stock, and I wouldn’t think of selling a share,” he remarked at the annual Coca-Cola shareholders meeting in 2013.

Coca-Cola is more than a “wonderful” company in which Warren Buffett has invested – it’s an iconic one as well. The Oracle of Omaha, an American icon himself, is betting on these three quintessential U.S. companies as well:

Deere & Company ( NYSE:DE ) , better known as John Deere, is a dominant force in agriculture and construction. Founded in 1837, the company is listed 80 th on the 2014 Fortune 500 list, ahead of Delta Air Lines, Oracle and Morgan Stanley. It has a $29 billion market cap and over the past decade has produced annualized returns of 13%.

Warren Buffett initiated a position in Deere & Company during the third quarter of 2012 with the purchase of 3.98 million shares – a stake he has maintained ever since. Thus far, the investment has yet to pay off in a big way for the billionaire, as DE is up just +1.95% over the past year. In fact, it has declined more than -8% in 2014. However, Deere & Company is a long-term play for Buffett, and it has an attractive dividend yield of 2.87%.

Johnson & Johnson ( NYSE:JNJ ) has been in Buffett’s investment portfolio for years, though it’s no longer a protagonist. As of the second quarter of this year, the Berkshire Hathaway head holds 327,000 JNJ shares – just a fraction of the 41.3 million assets he owned during the same period in 2010.

A major player in the health care field, Johnson & Johnson’s reach stretches across 60 countries worldwide. It has a $299.26 billion market cap and a dividend yield of 2.64. This year has been a good one for JNJ, which is up over +15% in 2014. And Buffett isn’t the only billionaire with a stake in the company – Ray Dalio , George Soros and Richard Chilton are shareholders as well.

General Electric Company ( NYSE:GE ) – and Warren Buffett’s position in it – took many by surprise in February. The billionaire’s 13F filing revealed a 10.59-million-share stake in the company ( the result of an exercised warrant on a preferred shares deal made during the financial crisis of 2008 ). And while Buffett could have cashed in the investment, he has instead held onto his stake in subsequent quarters.

Ranked ninth on this year’s Fortune 500 list, GE’s reach stretches across a number of sectors, including energy, technology, industrials and finance. It has a $263 billion market cap and a dividend yield of 3.35%. GE is down about -6% year to date, but things could very soon turn around as it completes the acquisition of French company Alstom in a $17 billion deal .

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