4 stocks I think Warren Buffett would buy for a Stocks and Shares ISA now

Jon Smith explains several stocks that he thinks Warren Buffett would be keen on due to his investing stance and philosophy.

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Warren Buffett is a legendary investor with a track record of making huge gains over several decades. His patient, value-based investing strategy has won many plaudits over the years, including from me. With the annual Stocks and Shares ISA deadline coming up, here are some of the stocks I think Buffett would include in one, if he was a smaller-scale investor looking to deploy some spare cash right now.

Defensive stocks to protect myself

One of the hallmarks of Warren Buffett’s investing strategy is that he invests in quality, established companies. I think this speaks to his quote that “predicting rain doesn’t count. Building arks does”

At the moment there’s a lot of uncertainty in the stock market. The war in Ukraine has contributed heavily to this, along with high inflation and rising interest rates. I don’t know whether all of this will lead to a stock market crash this summer, but as Buffett said, predicting the rain doesn’t count!

With that in mind, I’d look to buy some defensive stocks for my ISA, to help build my ark. Typically, utility companies fit in this category. All of us need elements such as water and heating for personal and business use. This should ensure demand will remain high, whatever happens in the future. Two utility companies in the FTSE 100 that I like are Severn Trent and National Grid.

An added bonus is that because such companies are at a mature growth stage, dividends are often used to attract investors. Both of the above stocks have a current yield above the FTSE 100 average of 3.53%.

Value ideas to copy Warren Buffett

Another theme that I’ve noticed from the legendary investor is his value picks. This involves buying companies that he thinks are trading below their long-term fair value. The thinking is that over coming years, the share price should rise back to that fair value. 

The potential for long-term gains also works well for my Stocks and Shares ISA. This is because the ISA is a tax wrapper, meaning that I don’t pay any capital gains tax in the future if I come to sell a stock for a profit.

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Two companies that I think are undervalued at the moment are Aviva and Barratt Developments. Both have a price-to-earnings ratio below 10, and have fallen somewhat out of favour with investors recently.

For Barratt, there are concerns about the cost and obligations of the cladding crisis in relation to certain developments. Further, rising interest rates could make it more expensive for people to get mortgages. However, half-year results in February showed good forecasts on completions and forward sales.

Aviva profits for last year fell by almost £1bn. Yet I think much of this was due to its transformation and disposal of non-core operations. In the longer term, I fell the refreshed business should be leaner and more efficient. This is something I think Warren Buffett would approve of.

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