Four Pros Make Their Picks And Two Take Their Lumps

Finding a red-hot stock in today's market is not easy. But Joe Scott-Plummer, an investment manager from Scotland, did just that. He identified a Peruvian telephone company whose shares are up a stellar 77.6% so far this year. None of his other stock picks worked nearly as well, but the Peruvian investment puts Plummer at the head of the pack of four investment pros participating in BUSINESS WEEK's annual stock-picking contest. Last December, we asked four experts to invest a hypothetical $10,000 in each of 10 stocks. At midyear, Plummer's portfolio of foreign stocks is up 5.7%. His picks are beating the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index, which has fallen 1.5% over the same period.

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