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Making sense of the markets this week: August 14


Nevertheless, it’s price noting that whereas $6.2 billion is an honest chunk of change for any firm, it nonetheless represents a much less grasping Buffett than within the first Quarter, when Buffett actually put Berkshire’s money to good use by buying shares price $51.1 billion. Purchases included: Citigroup, Paramount International, Ally Monetary, Chevron, Occidental Petroleum, HP and Activision Blizzard.

Whereas the truth that Berkshire booked a $53-billion loss from the depreciation of shares inside its broad portfolio of corporations bought a lot of the consideration, Berkshire was fast to level out that its working earnings (how its underlying corporations really did, versus easy inventory pricing) rose by 39% 12 months over 12 months to $9.3 billion.

Whereas Berkshire’s inventory hasn’t precisely set fireplace this 12 months, the corporate’s worth investing-based strategy held up fairly nicely relative to the remainder of the S&P 500.

When it comes to broad takeaways, the slowdown in Buffett’s spending barely issues me. On condition that Berkshire nonetheless has greater than $100 billion in money on its steadiness sheet, I might’ve hoped it could be extra assured find extra alternatives to make glorious long-term investments. Clearly, the blended financial image is affecting buyers’ choice making at this level.

In the meantime, Disney’s (DIS/NYSE) earnings report final Wednesday was all constructive. Earnings per share got here in at $1.09 (versus a predicted $0.96), whereas each revenues and the all-important Disney+ subscriptions got here in nicely forward of analyst expectations as nicely. With the surge in post-lockdowns “revenge journey,” it’s no thriller why the parks, experiences and merchandise divisions noticed revenues enhance 72% 12 months over 12 months. Disney shares rose 6% as buyers processed the upbeat information.

Canadian buyers seeking to get portfolio publicity to Disney and Berkshire can achieve this by way of CDRs on the Neo change.

Bausch suffers from IBS—that’s Irritable Stability Sheet

As a result of Canada’s healthcare sector is so small comparatively talking, when one in every of our few massive corporations sees a year-to-date drawdown of greater than 80%, it’s fairly huge information.

The huge hit was because of a court docket choice involving Bausch’s (BHC/TSX) patent for the drug Xifaxan. This drug is used to deal with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and since Bausch was set to have unique rights of manufacturing till 2029, substantial revenue margins have been baked into the corporate’s present valuation. 

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