For three consecutive years, the top stock picks in the Fortune Investor's Guide had trounced the Standard & Poor's 500, and we felt good about our chances for a four-peat heading into 2008
It was not to be. Through December 17th, our 10 "Best stocks for 2008" recorded an average total return of -36% versus -37% for the S&P 500. Not only did we underestimate the depth of the financial crisis but we were blindsided by the collapse in oil prices.
Here's a complete rundown on all 10 of picks from the 2008 Investor's Guide and whether we think they're still keepers for 2009.