Mark Hulbert: 13 stocks these winning stockpickers recommend now

I rise, your Honor, in defense of stock picking. I admit I’m an unlikely public defender for the stockpicking industry, since I have made a career of pointing out how difficult it is to beat the market.

Just recently, in fact, I wrote a column pointing out that hardly any of the mutual funds and hedge funds that beat the market in one period are able to repeat their achievement in the subsequent one. But when a criticism goes too far, my contrarian instincts become aroused. And this past week has seen a number of claims about stockpicking that were unfair.

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