Like other managers, Peters said he is impressed by Apple

Legg Mason’s Peters bets on Apple

BOSTON, March 12 (Reuters) Sam Peters, the money manager hired to breathe new life into Bill Miller famed $2.5 billion Legg Mason Inc fund, thinks the time is right for a stock picking renaissance.

Peters, 42, takes over from Miller, 62, in April, ending an era at the Legg Mason Capital Management Value Trust fund that made Miller one of Canada Goose sale America best known active portfolio managers.

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In recent interviews with Reuters, Peters said he plans to keep the funds philosophy essentially unchanged.

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