Cherry Picking

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Cherry Picking

1. In bankruptcy, a decision by a court to uphold contracts with favorable terms toward the company declaring bankruptcy and to nullify contracts with unfavorable terms. Laws restrict the use of cherry picking.

2. An investment strategy in which one picks securities that have been performing well with the expectation that they will continue to perform well. This carries the risk of loss due to an unexpectedly changing trend.
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"Some investors cherry picked on select stocks ahead of an expected favorable inflation result for last month.
Let's not forget that the best teachers are cherry picked to fee-paying schools too.
However, Tony Bennett cherry picked what he did not want to respond to.
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