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Navellier & Associates was founded in 1980 by Louis G. Navellier. Based in Reno, Nevada, the firm focuses on growth investments. Navellier is the editor of four investment newsletters, Blue Chip Growth, Emerging Growth, Global Growth and Quantum Growth. Louis Navellier also authored a Business Week best seller, “The Little Book That Makes You Rich.

Louis Navellier uses a system that grades stocks. According to his calculations, for the past 13 years his “A” graded stocks returned 1267.9% vs. SPY’s 61% (we haven’t verified this claim). His stock picking formula consists of two factors: fundamentals and buying pressures. He thinks fast growing firms are healthy, thriving and well managed. He uses technical indicators to measure buying pressures to time entry points for these healthy, growing stocks.

Insider Monkey summarized the performance of Navellier’s 40 largest positions:

Company

Ticker

Return

Value (x1000)

NETAPP INC

NTAP

-12.8%

73639

F 5 NETWORKS INC

FFIV

-26.5%

71819

BROADCOM CORP

BRCM

-6.8%

71789

BAIDU INC

BIDU

37.3%

68946

TECK RESOURCES LTD

TCK

-14.5%

67682

COGNIZANT TECHNOLOGY

CTSH

4.9%

65908

SALESFORCE COM INC

CRM

-7.5%

65295

AUTOZONE INC

AZO

-0.9%

65182

CUMMINS INC

CMI

-6.4%

58480

IBM

IBM

9.1%

58465

INFOSYS TECHNOLOGIES LTD

INFY

-13.0%

57884

FAMILY DOLLAR STORES INC

FDO

4.5%

55825

CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL INC

CMG

16.1%

54260

MEAD JOHNSON NUTRITION CO

MJN

-8.0%

54107

FORD MOTOR CO DEL

F

-14.8%

53342

DEERE & CO

DE

10.1%

52853

PRECISION CASTPARTS CORP

PCP

3.4%

52719

MCDONALDS CORP

MCD

-2.1%

52593

CITRIX SYSTEMS INC

CTXS

-0.7%

52245

LAS VEGAS SANDS CORP

LVS

-15.1%

50869

EXPRESS SCRIPTS INC

ESRX

-1.0%

50645

LAUDER ESTEE COS INC

EL

12.1%

48846

LUBRIZOL CORP

LZ

25.6%

47866

APPLE INC

AAPL

5.2%

47819

DIRECTV

DTV

14.1%

46547

GENERAL MILLS INC

GIS

2.6%

45156

DR PEPPER SNAPPLE GROUP INC

DPS

8.0%

43371

SANDISK CORP

SNDK

-12.8%

42661

AMAZON COM INC

AMZN

-8.2%

42658

AKAMAI TECHNOLOGIES INC

AKAM

-22.1%

42571

NETFLIX INC

NFLX

30.4%

42532

B C E INC

BCE

2.6%

41518

AMERISOURCEBERGEN CORP

ABC

12.1%

41309

MARVELL TECHNOLOGY GROUP LTD

MRVL

-14.0%

40854

EDWARDS LIFESCIENCES CORP

EW

5.3%

38871

CERNER CORP

CERN

14.1%

38555

T J X COMPANIES INC NEW

TJX

11.9%

37738

ALCON INC

ACL

1.0%

36328

NEWMONT MINING CORP

NEM

-10.5%

31531

PERRIGO COMPANY

PRGO

18.3%

28535

Navellier’s top 40 stock picks returned 0.6% since the end of 2010, vs. SPY’s (NYSEARCA:SPY) 3.6%. Eight of his top 10 stock picks underperformed the market. The performance of his portfolio doesn’t match the performance he claims he had over the years. His best performing stock picks are Baidu, Netflix, Lubrizol, Perrigo, and Chipotle. One of 2010’s best hedge fund managers, Chase Coleman, has Baidu in his portfolio. Andreas Halvorsen’s Viking Global also has BIDU in its portfolio. John Griffin’s Blue Ridge Capital has Netflix in its portfolio. Whitney Tilson was initially short Netflix but then covered his position in February. Lubrizol went up because of Warren Buffett’s takeover. Jim Simons is among the hedge fund managers with Chipotle holdings.

Source: Louis Navellier's Favorite Stock Picks