The second quarter of 2013 has come and gone, making it again time to take a quick look at InvestorPlace‘s 10 Best Stocks for 2013 contest.
For those who aren’t familiar with our contest, this annual showdown is a list of expert-picked buy-and-hold investments meant to provide an entertaining race to first place for spectators … and market-beating returns for investors.
So far, though, that second part isn’t going quite as planned. Only two are sitting ahead of the S&P 500‘s total return, while — as was the case at the end of Q1 — the bottom three are downright ugly.
Still, more than half the picks have at least eked out gains so far this year … and we still have another six months of moving, shaking and (hopefully) soaring to go.
With that in mind, let’s see how InvestorPlace’s 10 Best Stocks for 2013 stack up at 2013’s midway point: