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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

05/18/10

32.07%

11.22%

Goldcorp (NYSE:GG)

5

02/18/11

7.72%

8.29%

Hess Corporation (NYSE:HES)

4

11/29/10

6.65%

-6.21%

Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT)

3

08/10/10

50.70%

30.40%

DuPont (NYSE:DD)

3

05/25/10

54.20%

28.21%

Herbalife (NYSE:HLF)

3

05/25/10

139.52%

113.53%

Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX)

3

03/14/11

17.84%

14.98%

Potash (NYSE:POT)

3

11/16/10

16.67%

2.87%

Alcoa (NYSE:AA)

2

10/11/10

30.86%

15.58%

Barrick Gold (NYSE:ABX)

2

01/19/11

-5.09%

-9.38%

Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC)

2

12/02/10

5.29%

-4.43%

Airgas (NYSE:ARG)

2

12/01/10

9.01%

-2.12%

Baidu.com (NASDAQ:BIDU)

2

05/19/10

82.19%

60.64%

Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU)

2

09/10/10

28.41%

7.14%

Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ:BWLD)

2

02/11/11

14.19%

13.69%

Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE:CMG)

2

04/29/11

2.21%

4.59%

Deckers Outdoor (NYSE:DECK)

2

06/03/10

72.59%

49.89%

Domino's Pizza (NYSE:DPZ)

2

10/12/10

61.33%

46.40%

Fossil (NASDAQ:FOSL)

2

04/04/11

10.80%

10.85%

SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEARCA:GLD)

2

05/17/10

21.79%

2.58%

Halliburton (NYSE:HAL)

2

06/25/10

73.73%

48.40%

Lowes (NYSE:LOW)

2

06/23/10

15.91%

-7.86%

Macy's (NYSE:M)

2

10/20/10

25.60%

11.52%

National Grid (NYSE:NGG)

2

06/25/10

34.35%

9.02%

Panera Bread (NASDAQ:PNRA)

2

05/04/11

2.86%

4.08%

Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB)

2

06/01/10

60.31%

33.99%

SodaStream (NASDAQ:SODA)

2

04/25/11

-8.29%

-7.95%

Tupperware (NYSE:TUP)

2

05/25/10

55.10%

29.12%

Average

32.80%

18.54%

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

** Includes the duration from first date till May 16, 2011.

Jim Cramer's favorite stock recommendations returned 32.8% on average, since they have been recommended. The average relative performance of these stocks against the S&P500 is 18.54%. 22 out of 28 of his favorite stocks have managed to beat the market.

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

Apple is one of the leading Technology companies worldwide. The stock has a market cap of $313 billion and P/E ratio of 16.1. AAPL recently traded at $338 and has gained 32.07% since May 18, 2010, beating the SPY by 11.22 percentage points. George Soros reduced his Apple holdings by 93K shares at the end of March. He bought 210 K call options, which were offset by a 280 K position in Apple put options. Soros is getting bearish about Apple. 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, arguing that the stock’s PE ratio is extremely low compared to its growth prospects. Lone Pine Capital's Stephen Mandel had 1.7 Million shares of Apple at the end of December. He sold about 9% of these, as Apple went up during the first quarter. He had $542 Million in Apple at the end of March, vs. $553 Million at the end of December. Phill Gross and Robert Atchison's Adage Capital reduced number of shares by 5%. Adage had $503 Million in Apple at the end of March.

Goldcorp, another most favorite stock of Jim Cramer, has gained 7.7% since February 18, 2011, beating the SPY by 8.3 percentage points. Martin Zweig and Joseph DiMenna had $40 Million in Goldcorp at the end of December 2010. The stock has a market cap of $39.27 billion, P/E ratio of 18.4 and dividend yield of 2.59%.

HLF has had one of the best performances in his recommendation list since May 25, 2010. HLF has gained 139.5% since then, beating the SPY by a large margin. Herbalife isn’t much popular among the hedge funds. Patrick McCormack’s Tiger Consumer had the largest position in this stock among the 300+ hedge funds we follow. The stock has a market cap of $3.16 billion, P/E ratio of 10.2 and dividend yield of 0.8%.

Hess Corporation is an integrated energy company. Hess Corporation has gained 6.65% since November 29, 2010, underperforming the SPY by 6.2 percentage points. Martin Zweig and Joseph DiMenna had $26 Million in Hess Corporation at the end of December 2010. The stock has a market cap of $26.3 billion, P/E ratio of 10.1 and dividend yield of 0.5%.

Caterpillar Inc. manufactures and sells construction and mining equipments worldwide. Caterpillar has gained 50.7% since August 10, 2010, beating the SPY by 30.4 percentage points. The stock has a market cap of $66.79 billion, P/E ratio of 18.41 and dividend yield of 1.7%.

DuPont operates as a science and technology company worldwide. DuPont has gained 54.2% since May 25, 2010, beating the SPY by 28.2 percentage points. The stock has a market cap of $49.31 billion, P/E ratio of 14.81 and dividend yield of 3.1%. Dupont is one of the 30 stocks that are expected to beat the S&P 500 by three percentage points.

Netflix provides online movie rental subscription services in the United States. Netflix has gained 17.8% since March 14, 2011, beating the SPY by 15 percentage points. The stock has a market cap of $12.73 billion and P/E ratio of 69.93. Leonard Brecken predicted that Netflix is going to fall 70% within 12 months. He was on CNBC’s Fast Money on March 23rd, 2011 and told viewers that Netflix is playing accounting games and that content costs are skyrocketing. He also said Netflix has $1.4 billion in off-balance sheet content obligations (including the deals that are in the pipeline) and Netflix won’t be able to make its money back. He claimed Netflix needs 80% penetration of the U.S. broadband market- which is next to impossible.

Potash provides fertilizers and feed products primarily in the United States and Canada. Potash has gained 16.7% since November 16, 2010, beating the SPY by 2.9% percentage points. The stock has a market cap of $47 billion, P/E ratio of 23.7 and dividend yield of 0.6%. Passport Capital’s John Burbank, David Einhorn’s Greenlight, Thomas Steyer’s Farallon Capital, Jim Simons’ Renaissance, Dan Loeb’s Third Point, Andreas Halvorsen’s Viking Global, Richard Perry’s Perry Capital, and Mohnish Pabrai have large Potash investments.

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 28 Favorite Stocks