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Ultimate Stock-Pickers' Top Stock Picks Outperforming the Market

A majority of our managers' top holdings and purchases are beating the market over the last year.

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By Greggory Warren, CFA | Senior Stock Analyst

As we've mentioned in past articles, 2011 continues to look an awful lot like 2010. After the markets rose more than 5% during the first quarter of both years, concerns over sovereign debt in the Southern countries of the European Union sparked a rather marked decline in the equity markets in the second (and third) quarters of 2010 and 2011. Throw in a manufactured debt-ceiling crisis here in the United States this year, which only added to the concerns that investors already had about the moribund pace of the economic recovery (as it became apparent that Washington was far more concerned with playing politics than getting anything done to improve the economy), and domestic stock markets returned to levels of volatility not seen since May of last year (with daily trading activity looking more and more like it did during the darkest days of the financial crisis).

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