10 of the Best Performing Stocks Since the Launch of Jim Cramer’s ‘Mad Money’

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Scott Mlyn | CNBC

With “Mad Money” moving to the New York Stock Exchange, Jim Cramer on Monday reviewed some of the best-performing stocks since his show launched on CNBC more than 17 years ago.

Here is a quick overview of the criteria used to compile the list:

  • The stock is currently a member of the S&P 500.
  • It was a publicly traded company when “Mad Money” first aired in March 2005.
  • The list was ranked by a simple gain/loss percentage calculation, not by total return (which includes dividends).
  • Gains were calculated based on the stock’s closing price from March 14, 2005 to Friday’s close.

Now, here are 10 of the best performing stocks since “Mad Money” was on TV:

1.Netflix

2. Apple

3. Regeneration

4. Monster drink

The energy drink maker is the fourth best performer, gaining 8,444% over the aforementioned period.

5. Reserve assets

The company formerly known as Priceline has “beaten its competitors in the online travel space,” Cramer said. Since “Mad Money” debuted on CNBC through Friday, the stock has risen 7,599%.

6.Nvidia

7. Amazon

The e-commerce and cloud computing giant is the seventh-best gainer, up 6,463% over the specified time window. Cramer noted that the stock’s gains would have been even more impressive had it not been for its roughly 32% year-to-date decline.

8. Illuminated

9. Monolithic power systems

10.Tyler Technologies

Cramer’s result

Cramer said some of the top-performing stocks may seem obvious in hindsight. Either way, he said the exercise shows the power of staying true to the market even during turbulent times like the 2007-2009 global financial crisis. He said the lesson is particularly valuable to take away this year, as the market has struggled amid a cycle of Federal Reserve tightening and geopolitical uncertainty.

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