7 Stock Picks to Beat the Market in 2016

We got some help from Morningstar, whose calls don't draw a lot of attention—but do outperform.

Even after the sharp sell-off that kicked off the new year, the stock market isn’t bargain-priced. The good news: Stocks are cheaper than they were on New Year’s Eve—making this a good time to beef up your investments in solid companies like the ones I recommend below. These seven picks, in my view, will beat the market—whether the sell-off accelerates or ends today.

I have a lot of confidence in my fund picks. But when I’m hunting for stocks, I often turn to Morningstar. Morningstar is far better known for its fund coverage, but it employs more than 100 stock analysts. More important: The track record of Morningstar’s stock picks is superb.

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Steven Goldberg
Contributing Columnist, Kiplinger.com
Steve has been writing for Kiplinger's for more than 25 years. As an associate editor and then senior associate editor, he covered mutual funds for Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine from 1994-2006. He also authored a book, But Which Mutual Funds? In 2006 he joined with Jerry Tweddell, one of his best sources on investing, to form Tweddell Goldberg Investment Management to manage money for individual investors. Steve continues to write a regular column for Kiplinger.com and enjoys hearing investing questions from readers. You can contact Steve at 301.650.6567 or sgoldberg@kiplinger.com.