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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.

We summarized the performance of Navellier’s 30 largest positions:

Company

Ticker

Return YTD

Return since 3/31

Value (x1000)

Cognizant Technology Solu

CTSH

4.7%

-5.7%

70920

Baidu.com, Inc.

BIDU

43.9%

0.8%

70367

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc

CMG

29.0%

0.7%

68229

Salesforce.Com Inc.

CRM

1.8%

0.6%

63586

Autozone Inc.

AZO

5.1%

4.7%

63536

International Business Machine

IBM

16.5%

4.4%

62514

Deere & Co.

DE

10.3%

-5.8%

59706

Estee Lauder Cos.

EL

23.9%

3.8%

57327

Family Dollar Stores Inc.

FDO

5.3%

1.6%

56928

Cummins Inc.

CMI

3.9%

4.0%

56300

F5 Networks Inc.

FFIV

-20.2%

1.2%

54172

Citrix Systems Inc.

CTXS

20.4%

12.1%

53680

Infosys Technologies Ltd.

INFY

-15.4%

-10.2%

52859

Directv Group Inc.

DTV

24.0%

5.8%

52499

Mcdonald's Corp.

MCD

4.4%

4.5%

50872

Apple Computer Inc.

AAPL

7.6%

-0.4%

50056

Mead Johnson Nutrition

MJN

7.1%

14.6%

48554

Amerisourcebergen Corp.

ABC

24.0%

6.7%

46506

Caterpillar Inc.

CAT

18.5%

-0.8%

46103

Concho Resources Inc.

CXO

5.5%

-13.8%

45396

Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc.

DPS

16.7%

9.7%

44910

Cerner Corp.

CERN

26.8%

8.0%

44236

Rockwell Automation Inc.

ROK

17.4%

-11.4%

44030

Marathon Oil Corp.

MRO

38.0%

-4.7%

44024

Chevron Corp.

CVX

12.9%

-4.9%

43465

Dollar Tree Inc

DLTR

6.6%

7.6%

43391

Silver Wheaton Corp.

SLW

-13.0%

-21.7%

43247

Yum! Brands Inc.

YUM

12.4%

6.8%

42791

NetApp Inc.

NTAP

-1.8%

12.1%

42111

ConocoPhillips

COP

7.4%

-9.2%

41885

Navellier’s top 30 stock picks returned 11.8% since the end of 2010, vs. 7.4% for the SPY. The average return for these same stocks was 0.8% since the end of March, vs. 1.4% for the SPY. He had all 10 of his largest positions in his portfolio at the end of December as well.

His best-performing stock pick is his second-largest position. Baidu returned 43.9% since the end of 2010. The Chinese search company was widely held by prominent hedge funds. Andreas Halvorsen’s Viking Global had more than $450 Million in BIDU at the end of December. Halvorsen made nearly $200 Million from this single investment. One of 2010’s best hedge fund managers, Chase Coleman, also had BIDU in his portfolio. Ken Fisher, Philippe Laffont, Rob Citrone, and John Thaler had each $100+ Million in BIDU.

Navellier’s third-best-performing stock pick is also his third-largest position. Chipotle Mexican Grill is also quite popular among hedge funds. Jim Simons’ Renaissance and Mark Broach’s Manatuck Hill had large CMG holdings in their portfolios. CNBC’s Jim Cramer also likes CMG.

Navellier had several stock picks with double digit returns so far in 2011. Investors may be able to beat the market by imitating Navellier’s top stock picks.

Source: List of Louis Navellier's 30 Favorite Stock Picks Holds Few Surprises