Back in December, InvestorPlace launched a feature in called 10 Best Stocks for 2012, in which experts picked a buy-and-hold investment they thought would deliver market-beating returns over the next 12 months.
The first quarter set the bar pretty high — eight of the picks ended in the black, half trumping the the S&P’s 500 best performance since 1998 — so it was expected that Q2 would slow down a bit.
And it did. Only one company saw stock gains for the quarter.
Still, the group mostly managed to tough out the quarter, and seven of the 10 stocks have made it through half of 2012 in the black year-to-date. Five of those picks have topped the Dow’s 5%-plus returns, and four are up in double digits, surpassing the S&P 500’s 8% returns.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at how these 10 stocks have held up now that we’ve halfway home. Here’s a recap of InvestorPlace‘s 10 Best Stocks for 2012: