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The World's Most Popular Stock Picks Are Sinking

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Inside the World of 'Underdog' Stocks

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A successful strategy to avoid the worst of this year’s equity retreat: ask your analyst what to buy and sell, then do the opposite.

The stocks most beloved by strategists around the world, from U.S. gamemaker Activision Blizzard Inc. to Chinese electrical appliances maker Midea Group Co., have fallen 11 percent in 2016 on average. Companies ranked at the bottom of the heap by analysts are down 3.4 percent, data compiled by Bloomberg show.