About 3 months ago I picked 5 stocks that I thought were undervalued. I also liked the 5 company's prospects at that time as long term investments, which I still do.
Here is a 3 month check up on their performance vs. the appropriate index.
Manulife Financial + 1.9% vs./ XFN Canadian Financials ETF - 5.0%
Walgreens + 0.6% / S&P Consumer Staple Index - 1.5%
FedEx + 5.8% / Dow Jones US Transport Index - 6.3%
Lowes - 6.0% / S&P Consumer Discretionary Index - 8.6%
Johnson & Johnson -2.5% / S&P Healthcare Index -6.8%
Overall my 5 stocks had an average return of 0%, while their benchmarks had an average return of negative 5.6%. 3 months is a very short time horizon, but so far I seem to be beating the benchmarks.
(Please note currency was not taken into account here, as the values are in real terms)