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Jim Cramer is an American television personality, a former hedge fund manager, and a best-selling author. He is the host of CNBC's "Mad Money" and a co-founder and chairman of TheStreet.com, Inc. Nearly two hundred fifty thousand people watch his show daily on TV and most of these are ordinary investors trying to understand what’s going on in the market. Jim Cramer’s bullish and bearish stock picks on his show are a starting point for many investments made by these folks.

We believe that by following Cramer’s stock picks, investors are more likely to beat the market. Below we compiled a list of Jim Cramer’s best recent stock picks. All stocks are recommended by Cramer over the past 30 days and are among the top 20 with the highest YTD returns.

Company

Market Cap (Million)

P/E Ratio

YTD Return

Randgold Resources (NASDAQ:GOLD)

14093.47

90.25

180%

Ulta Salon (NASDAQ:ULTA)

4023.33

44.61

93%

Stamps.com (NASDAQ:STMP)

353.25

32.96

87%

ZAGG (NASDAQ:ZAGG)

343.39

23.36

53%

VF Corp (NYSE:VFC)

14205.25

22.68

53%

Perrigo (NYSE:PRGO)

8879.08

26.18

51%

Westport Innovation (NASDAQ:WPRT)

1308.99

49%

Macy's (NYSE:M)

7289.51

48.51

49%

Darden Restaurants (NYSE:DRI)

1636.22

33.49

40%

Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE:CMG)

9235.4

48.69

39%

Diamond Foods (NASDAQ:DMND)

9477.74

21.52

39%

Express Scripts (NASDAQ:ESRX)

7384.06

37%

Polypore (NYSE:PPO)

2578.72

30.52

36%

Range Resources (NYSE:RRC)

9660.38

34%

Whole Foods Markets (NASDAQ:WFM)

11836.29

36.3

33%

Ross Stores (NASDAQ:ROST)

9478.04

15.89

31%

Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ:BWLD)

1045.22

23.63

30%

SXC Health Solutions (SXCI)

3429.28

47.9

29%

Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE:BMY)

55229.6

16.86

28%

Polo-Ralph Lauren (NYSE:RL)

13042.89

21.87

28%

Under Armour (NYSE:UA)

3607.14

47.59

28%

Here are the top 10 best performing stocks recommended by Cramer over the past 30 days.

Randgold Resources (GOLD): Randgold Resources Limited is engaged in gold mining, exploration and related activities. GOLD has a market cap of $14B, a P/E ratio of 90.25, and returned 180.16% since the beginning of this year. Jean-Marie Eveillard had over $100 million invested in the stock. John Paulson also had $59 million of GOLD stocks (check out Paulson’s top stock picks).

Ulta Salon (ULTA): Ulta operates specialty retail stores selling cosmetics, fragrance, haircare and skincare products, and related accessories and services. ULTA has a market cap of $4.0B, a P/E ratio of 44.61, and returned 92.88% since the beginning of this year. Miura Global Management invested over $100 million in ULTA.

Stamps.com (STMP): Stamps.com Inc. is a provider of Internet-based postage solutions. STMP has a market cap of $353M, a P/E ratio of 32.96, and returned 86.57% since the beginning of this year. Brian Bares and Jim Simons both had over $10 million of STMP stocks.

ZAGG (ZAGG): ZAGG designs, manufactures and distributes protective coverings, audio accessories and power solutions. ZAGG has a market cap of $343M, a P/E ratio of 23.36, and returned 53.28% since the beginning of this year. Mark Broach and Louis Navellier invested over $2 million in this stock (check out Navellier’s top stock picks).

VF Corp (VFC): VF is a global apparel company based in the United States. VFC has a market cap of $14.2B, a P/E ratio of 22.68, and returned 53.10% since the beginning of this year. Ken Griffin had $44 million invested in VFC.

Perrigo (PRGO): Perrigo Company is a global healthcare supplier. PRGO has a market cap of $8.9B, a P/E ratio of 26.18, and returned 50.88% since the beginning of this year. Robert Joseph Caruso had over $100 million invested in PRGO. Chuck Royce, Ken Fisher, Louis Navellier and many other hedge fund managers were also bullish about the stock.

Westport Innovations (WPRT): Westport Innovations Inc. is a provider of engine and fuel system technologies utilizing gaseous fuels. WPRT has a market cap of $1.3B and returned 49.46% since the beginning of this year. George Soros had $121 million invested in WPRT (see George Soros’ top stock picks).

Macy's (M): Macy’s is a retail organization operating retail stores and Internet Websites. M has a market cap of $7.3B, a P/E ratio of 48.51, and returned 48.90% since the beginning of this year. Bain Capital had $245 million invested in Macy’s. David Tepper, Jeffrey Vinik and Steven Cohen all had over $100 million invested in the stock.

Darden Restaurants (DRI): Darden is a full-service restaurant company operated 1,894 restaurants in the United States and Canada as of the end of May. DRI has a market cap of $1.6B, a P/E ratio of 33.49, and returned 40.21% since the beginning of this year. Patrick Mccormack had $36 million invested in DRI. Israel Englander also invested $15 million in DRI (check out Englander’s top stock picks).

Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG): Chipotle operates restaurants throughout the United States, as well as Toronto and London. CMG has a market cap of $9.2B, a P/E ratio of 48.69, and returned 38.53% since the beginning of this year. Jim Simons holds over $100 Million CMG.

Source: Jim Cramer's Momentum Stock Picks During The Past 30 Days