Warren Buffett, the famed "Oracle of Omaha" who turned Berkshire Hathaway from a small textiles company into one of the world's largest and most successful conglomerates, recently revealed some of his holdings as part of his quarterly 13F filing with the SEC. Buffett, like other top investors at major financial firms across the country, is required to report on his buys and sells each quarter. Those results are posted to the public, but they are delayed by at least 45 days, so it's important to read the filing with caution. Still, looking at Buffett's 13F report from Q2 of this year, Kiplinger has been able to pick out a number of stocks which the billionaire seems to favor.

Synchrony Financial

Buffett sold eliminated the remainder of his position in General Electric (GE), but he bought up a new stake in GE's old consumer finance company, Synchrony Financial (SYF). Synchrony tends to fly under the radar, not enjoying much brand recognition, although it is the largest issuer of store-branded credit cards in the country. It was spun off from GE back in 2014 when the parent company decided to scale back its financial operations arm.

Store Capital Corp.

REIT Store Capital (STOR) was a position in Buffett's portfolio revealed before the 13F deadline. Buffett bought almost 19 million shares in the second quarter, nearly 10% of the total outstanding shares. While Buffett's holding is a significant portion of Store Capital, it is still a relatively small holding in Buffett's portfolio, just 0.26% of his total holdings.

General Motors

General Motors (GM), one of the market's most beleaguered stocks, saw a boost when Buffett added about 10 million shares to his holdings. He has been a long-time investor in GM stock, but this was the billionaire's first significant boost since Q3 2015. Berkshire Hathaway owns about 4% of the company, as of the end of June. Considering that Buffett's investment moves tend to spur other investors' decisions, it's possible that his renewed interest in GM will inspire others' purchases.

Bank of New York Mellon

Buffett also turned to another financial services stock beyond Synchrony in the last quarter, increasing its existing position in Bank of New York Mellon, Corp. (BK) by 52%. He originally bought up BK shares in early 2011, and has been steadily growing the position since then. Last quarter, though, he increased his purchase significantly, adding more than 11 million shares. All told, Buffett owned about 5% of the bank by the midpoint of the year. The holdings comprise only 1.6% of Buffett's total portfolio.

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