It has been a month since we last checked in with our 10 Best Stocks of 2013 contest and, in just a matter of weeks, things have already been shaken up quite a bit.
For those of you just getting familiar with the contest: It’s an annual showdown where 10 experts pick buy-and-hold investments at the start of the year and see which can deliver the greatest total return over 52 weeks.
And so far this year, it’s been an exciting one, to say the least. The last-place pick is the only one that hasn’t budged since the contest’s halfway point. Plus, the two companies tied for fifth place at the end of the second quarter have both fallen out of that front-half of the running.
Let’s take a look at three stocks that made the biggest headlines over the last month, along with a quick update on the overall standings. All standings and returns are as of market close on July 31.