Cramer's Top 10 stocks of the S&P 500 for 2015

One thing Jim Cramer has learned in his 37-year career on Wall Street, is that winners tend to repeat their performances. Will this apply to the Top 10 stocks of the S&P 500 in 2014?

To answer this question, Cramer took look at the Top 10 best performing stocks to decide if they are worth holding on to, or if it's time to cash in.

"Funny thing, though, with great stocks of great companies…they tend to have enough going for them that they are rarely brought down the year after except by major management miscues or a marketwide selloff that is unrelenting and punishing to all stocks," Cramer added.

First up on the Top 10 list is Southwest Airlines. This one is loved by all, and Cramer doesn't typically like loved stocks. Being loved (and not LUV'd) means that all of the analysts have combed it over and rated it as a buy.

"It also never experienced the kind of horrendous losses that the others in the industry have generated," he said "In fact, it stayed wildly profitable during the leanest of times. Which is why I am loathe to say don't buy."





A Southwest Airlines plane getting fuel at Oakland International Airport.
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A Southwest Airlines plane getting fuel at Oakland International Airport.

Second on the list is Electronic Arts. As a gaming stock, Cramer isn't a fan at these prices. Especially since EA's best titles from 2014 benefitted from the World Cup. He prefers Take-Two Interactive, the maker of the "Grand Theft Auto" franchise.

Third is Edward Lifesciences, which Cramer has been raving about forever. It's up 93 percent in one year because of its heart device that created a less invasive way for heart surgery, and is headed higher.

Fourth is Allergan, which is played out and bought by Actavis. Many may be saying bye-bye to Allergan, but Cramer is still a believer in its CEO and believes the stock could head to $324. This makes the stock worth hanging on to.

The fifth winner is Avago Technologies, which skyrocketed 91 percent in 2014, thanks to a few monster orders from Apple for the iPhone 6. However, Cramer doesn't feel confident that there is a good handle on this stock and would prefer the new combination of Cypress and Spansion. CY offers a more attractive dividend.

The sixth is Mallinckrodt, and Cramer is on board with this stock. Though it is expensive, he wants to buy buy buy this one.

Seventh is Delta. Forget it. Cramer prefers American Airlines, Southwest and Spirit. So he's not flying high with Delta.

Cramer's eighth pick is Keurig Green Mountain. He likes what this company is brewing up, especially with Coca Cola's big stake in the company. Keurig has a snazzy new cold beverage machine coming out and could do well by itself. Or Coca Cola could buy the rest of the company and the stock will head higher. Keurig is a win-win either way and a buy for Cramer.

Ninth is Royal Caribbean, one of the major beneficiaries for a declining fuel industry. However, the stock is so volatile, what's the rush to buy it? Cramer recommends waiting until the stock is about 2 percent from its high, and then snap it up.

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The last pick is Kroger, the underdog that had a 62 percent run last year.

"Analysts just can't get the fact that if you can buy a retailer with accelerating same-store-sales growth, as this one has for a 19 multiple, you should grab it."

Cramer always takes the time to look at the Top 10, because most of these stocks haven't finished growing yet. He can't wait for the next moment of weakness in the market, so he can scoop up these winners for 2015 and collect the profits when they win again.

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