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Jim Cramer is the host of CNBC's "Mad Money" show and the chairman of TheStreet.com. In 1987 Cramer started his own hedge fund and returned an average of 24% per year between 1987 and 2001. Cramer also authored six money management books.

During the last 30 days his favorite buy recommendations (based on number of mentioned days) on Mad Money were as follows:

Company

No. Of Times Picked

First Date*

Return**

Excess Return (wrt S&P500)

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL)

5

3-May-10

31.5%

13.7%

Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX)

5

14-Mar-11

15.6%

9.8%

Sina Corp (NASDAQ:SINA)

5

24-Mar-11

33.3%

27.9%

Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN)

4

4-Aug-10

53.5%

25.2%

Baidu.com (NASDAQ:BIDU)

4

19-May-10

111.8%

70.1%

Goldcorp (NYSE:GG)

4

18-Feb-11

24.3%

22.1%

Alcoa (NYSE:AA)

3

11-Oct-10

32.0%

11.8%

EMC (NYSE:EMC)

3

3-Jun-10

48.7%

18.3%

SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEARCA:GLD)

3

17-May-10

27.7%

4.5%

NovaGold Resources (NYSEMKT:NG)

3

9-Nov-10

-10.0%

-20.5%

VF Corp (NYSE:VFC)

3

22-Jul-10

31.1%

3.6%

Average

36.3%

17.0%

* Represents latest recommendation change from sell to buy.The study interval includes only past one year.

** Includes the duration from first date till April 29, 2011.

Jim Cramer's favorite stock recommendations returned 36.3% on average, since they have been recommended. The average relative performance of these stocks against the S&P500 is 17%. 10 out of 11of his favorite stocks have managed to beat the market.

Jim Cramer's favorite stocks during last 30 days were Apple, Netflix and Sina Corp. He repeated his buy recommendation of each of these stocks five times during last 30 days.

AAPL has gained 31.5% since May 3, 2010, beating the SPY by 13.7 percentage points. Recently Whitney Tilson recommended “big-cap blue chip companies that are trading at moderate prices”. “(Apple is) a fabulous business, but I’m simply pointing out that you can own a better business, albeit one that is not growing as quickly — but still growing nicely — for half the price in terms of price-to-earnings multiple,” Tilson said to Reuters. Apple is also one of the Fortune’s top ten picks for 2011 which fail to beat the market. Last summer, David Einhorn bought more than 800 thousand shares of Apple (AAPL), arguing that the stock’s PE ratio is extremely low compared to its growth prospects.

Netflix has gained 15.6% since March 14, 2011, beating the SPY by 9.8 percentage points. Leonard Brecken predicted that Netflix (NFLX) is going to fall 70% within 12 months. He was on CNBC’s Fast Money and told viewers that Netflix is playing accounting games and that content costs are skyrocketing. Blue Ridge Capital’s John Griffin had $125 million invested in Netflix shares at the end of 2010.

Sina Corp, another most favorite stock of Jim Cramer, has gained 33.3% since March 24, 2011, beating the SPY by 27.9 percentage points.

BIDU has had one of the best performances in his recommendation list since May 19, 2010. BIDU has gained 112% since then, beating the SPY by a large margin. Tiger Global’s Chase Coleman initiated $53 million worth of new BIDU shares during last quarter of 2010. Viking Global’s Andreas Halvorsen had $454 million invested in BIDU shares at the end of 2010.

We believe investors can beat the market by imitating Jim Cramer's favorite stock picks.



Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

Source: Cramer's 11 Favorite Stocks