At the end of last year, InvestorPlace kicked off a contest called Ten Best Stocks for 2012. In it, 10 stock market experts each picked a buy-and-hold investment they thought would deliver market-beating returns over the course of 2012.
The roaring first quarter set the bar pretty high, but things slowed down a bit in Q2. At the midway point, seven of the picks were in the black, and four were topping the S&P 500′s performance.
The third quarter was also tough, though. Now, just six companies have made gains since January, while only the top four are ahead of the Dow’s 10% gains and the S&P 500′s 14% gains. Only two stocks didn’t budge from their spot at the halfway point.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at how the picks stack up heading into the final quarter. Here’s a recap of InvestorPlace‘s Ten Best Stocks for 2012: