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Jim Cramer is the host of CNBC's Mad Money and the chairman of TheStreet.com. Nearly 250,000 people watch his show daily on TV and most of these are ordinary investors trying to understand what’s going on in the market. Cramer’s bullish and bearish stock picks on his show are the starting point for many investments made by these folks.

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

Company

No. Of Times Picked

First Date*

Return (%)**

Excess Return (%) (wrt S&P500)

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL)

5

9/20/10

41.4%

31.0%

ARM Holdings (NASDAQ:ARMH)

3

10/13/10

55.3%

48.5%

Salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM)

3

9/17/10

17.0%

6.7%

Juniper Networks (NYSE:JNPR)

3

10/20/10

-37.3%

-40.0%

Pier 1 Imports (NYSE:PIR)

3

6/10/11

1.9%

6.5%

Philip Morris (NYSE:PM)

3

6/27/11

4.8%

10.3%

Alcoa (NYSE:AA)

2

10/11/10

-6.7%

-11.7%

Bed Bath & Beyond (NASDAQ:BBBY)

2

10/13/10

37.8%

31.8%

Baidu.com (NASDAQ:BIDU)

2

9/22/10

60.1%

47.2%

Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU)

2

10/26/10

-12.1%

-15.3%

Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE:CLF)

2

12/10/10

5.6%

6.6%

Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE:CMG)

2

9/27/10

80.9%

67.6%

Cummins (NYSE:CMI)

2

10/21/10

5.6%

1.2%

Coach (NYSE:COH)

2

11/15/10

15.2%

12.1%

Diamond Foods (NASDAQ:DMND)

2

10/15/10

100.0%

90.9%

FedEx (NYSE:FDX)

2

9/17/10

-6.6%

-14.8%

SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEARCA:GLD)

2

9/22/10

39.5%

28.3%

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG)

2

10/8/10

1.9%

-3.7%

Halliburton (NYSE:HAL)

2

11/4/10

22.4%

21.4%

NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)

2

1/10/11

-25.1%

-22.4%

SAP AG (NYSE:SAP)

2

8/25/11

0.8%

-3.5%

Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX)

2

12/21/10

20.6%

23.3%

Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB)

2

9/28/10

22.2%

13.7%

United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS)

2

9/17/10

2.8%

-6.2%

Verizon (NYSE:VZ)

2

9/27/10

17.9%

9.2%

Westport Innovations (NASDAQ:WPRT)

2

11/23/10

75.4%

68.5%

Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM)

2

10/1/10

18.2%

9.9%

Average

20.7%

15.4%

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

** Includes the duration from first date till September17.

Cramer's favorite stock recommendations returned 20.7% on average since they have been recommended. The average relative performance of these stocks against the S&P500 (NYSEARCA:SPY) is 15.4%. 19 of his favorite 27 stocks have managed to beat the market.

Cramer's most favorite stock during the last 30 days was Apple (AAPL). He repeated his buy recommendation of AAPL five times in the last 30 days. Apple has gained 41.4% since September 20, 2010, beating the SPY by 31 percentage points. The stock has a market cap of $371 billion and P/E ratio of 15.84. The upward trend isn't going anywhere, Cramer says. Still ok to buy.

Jim Simons' Renaissance Technologies increased their position in AAPL last quarter by 136%. The largest holding of Julian Robertson’s current equity portfolio is Apple. At the end of June, Robertson had around $35.7 million invested in the company. He increased his stake in Apple during the second quarter by 31%. George Soros had around $23.8 million invested in Apple at the end of the second quarter. There are many prominent hedge fund managers who are bullish about Apple. Ken Griffin had more than $2 billion invested in Apple at the end of June.

Cramer's other favorite stock during last 30 days was ARM Holdings (ARMH). He repeated his buy recommendation of ARMH three times during the last 30 days. ARMH has gained 55.3% since October 13, 2010, beating the SPY by 48.5 percentage points. The stock has a market cap of $12.7 billion, P/E ratio of 88 and dividend yield of 0.4%. Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies initiated a $13.6 million position in ARMH during the second quarter. Cramer said following about ARMH:

ARM practically owns the mobile handset market now, especially the iPhone, and that looks like it's not going to change anytime soon, given the company’s lead in mobility and, most importantly, energy efficiency. This is one of those cases where the market opportunity is so much bigger than the stock’s current market capitalization, you have to hold your nose and pay up.

Cramer repeated his buy recommendation of Salesforce.com (CRM) three times during the last 30 days. CRM has a market cap of $18.5 billion. CRM recently traded at $136.56 and has gained 17% since September 17, 2010, beating the SPY by 6.7 percentage points. Cramer says people missed out on a great buying opportunity in August when CRM reported great numbers, simply because many people were following the fallacy of not buying tech in August. Cramer says Salesforce.com has a solid business model in Europe. Louis Navellier's Navellier & Associates decreased their position in this company last quarter, leaving them with 460K shares.

Cramer also repeated his buy recommendation of Juniper Networks (JNPR) three times during the last 30 days. JNPR has a market cap of $10.7 billion and P/E ratio of 19.2. JNPR recently traded at $20.15 and lost 37.3% since October 20, 2010, underperforming the SPY by 40 percentage points. This stock is in Cramer's charitable trust. Cramer says JNPR is so undervalued that nothing can hurt it. Plus, he says, CISCO's (NASDAQ:CSCO) recent business is bound to give the company a boost. John Burbank's Passport Capital initiated a position in JNPR last quarter with 1.2 million shares.

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