The best investing advice I ever received was from Tom Gardner. I couldn't tell you when or where he said it, or what I was doing when I heard it, but I remember the words distinctly.

"Study the masters," he said.

It's an oft-repeated theme here at The Motley Fool. We think that great investors can be great teachers when they expose you to what they're buying, and why. That's why we follow Buffett so closely. It's also why we created Motley Fool CAPS, a 125,000-strong community of stock pickers where ideas flow freely.

My experience is that the best learning happens when you combine good tools. Here, in this column, we'll compare data from Morningstar and CAPS to track which top investors are buying the best stocks in CAPS -- the ones that are proven to outperform -- and why.

Today's guinea pig? Gaming guru Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI). Each of these three high-rated funds have been buying shares, reports Morningstar:


Morningstar Rating

Shares Bought

Other Recent Buys

Waddell & Reed Advantage




JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM)

American Century Heritage




Monsanto (NYSE:MON)

Fidelity Contrafund




Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC)


And here's a look at superstar CAPS investors who think that Activision Blizzard will outperform:


Player Rating

Other Recent Buys






Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE:BMY)



Strayer Education (NASDAQ:STRA)

Source: CAPS, up-to-date as of Dec. 30.

They've good reason. The expansion version of World of Warcraft became the fastest-selling PC game of all time just weeks after its November release. All-Star ikkyu2 saw it coming. Almost. "How'd I miss this? Blizzard's WoW is the biggest cash cow in video game history. It's fundamentally redefined gaming for a new century," our Fool wrote in August.

It's a theme SavvyCaveman would echo on Christmas Eve: "Blizzard releases best selling games every time. Any company that would empower that kind of brilliance is an outperform."

Most CAPS members agree. Of the 3,114 investors who've rated this Stock Advisor selection, 3,035 -- or 97.5% -- say it will beat the market. What do you think about Activision Blizzard, or any of the more than 5,000 stocks we're tracking in Motley Fool CAPS? Let us know by logging in now; it's 100% free to participate.

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