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Ranking the 10 Best Stocks for 2012

8 of 10 experts' picks are at double-digit gains year-to-date

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InvestorPlace 10 Best Stocks for launched a feature in late December highlighting the 10 Best Stocks for 2012. The idea was to offer a list of buy-and-hold investments that, if held all year, would provide market-beating returns for individual investors.

It’s awfully early in our little contest, but so far the 10 Best Stocks list has simply blown away the broader market. Thus far, the Dow is up about 6% and the S&P is up about 8% year-to-date. Our 10 stocks average a stunning 17% gain!

What’s more, nine of the 10 stocks are in the green — and eight of 10 are up by double digits!

Obviously there’s a lot of time left in 2012, and a lot of things can happen. But it’s worth pointing out the big winners so far.

Here’s a recap of’s 10 Best Stocks for 2012:

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