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InvestorPlace 10 Best Stocks for 2012 Q1 Update


April 03, 2012

Back in December, released its list of the 10 Best Stocks for 2012. The Buy List, which is free and open to the public, includes buy-and-hold recommendations from a group of money managers, market experts and financial journalists.

Eight of the 10 stocks finished the quarter ending March 30 in the black, with six stocks topping the Dow Jones’ 8% return, five trumping the S&P’s 12% and three besting the Nasdaq’s 19% gain.

The top three stock picks as of the market close March 30 include MAKO Surgical (up 67%), Capital One (up 32%) and Microsoft (up 24%):

#1: MAKO Surgical. Blowing away the competition for the third straight month in a row was MAKO Surgical. Recommended by Motley Fool co-founder David Gardner, shares of MAKO Surgical, a medical device company, are up 67% year-to-date as of the market close March 30.

#2: Capital One, up 32%. Recommended by Philip van Doorn, banking and finance analyst for TheStreet

#3: Microsoft, up 24%. Recommended by James Altucher, founder of Stockpickr

Year-to-date returns for the other seven stocks as of March 30 are:

#4: Caterpillar, up 18%. Recommended by Dan Burrows, CBS MoneyWatch columnist.

#5: Alcoa, up 16%. Recommended by Jeff Reeves, editor.

#6: FedEx, up 10%. Recommended by Paul La Monica, CNNMoney editor and author of The Buzz market column.

#7: Turkcell, up 7%. Recommended by Charles Sizemore, money manager and editor of The Sizemore Investment Letter.

#8: Banco Santander, up 2%. Recommended by Jim Jubak, money manager and author of the stock-picking blog Jubak Picks.

#9: Hershey, down 1%. Recommended by Jon Markman, financial journalist, newsletter writer and trader.

#10: Arcos Dorados, down 12%. Recommended by Josh Brown, author of The Reformed Broker blog.

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