3D Systems Corporation (DDD), LinkedIn Corp (LNKD) & More: Three Buy-Now Stocks From the “World’s Greatest Growth Portfolio”

In Dec. 2011, I attempted to help out family and friends by creating what I considered an ideal growth portfolio.

If, during 2012, you had invested in the S&P 500, your investment would have returned 15.9%, after factoring in dividends. That’s actually outstanding. And yet, had you been invested in the “World’s Greatest Growth Portfolio,” you would have trounced the S&P 500, earning a 26.5% return on your investment.

3D Systems (DDD)

Before 2013 began, I decided to review all of the companies to see which ones still made the cut and which didn’t. Since inception, if you had invested $10,000 in this portfolio, it would now be worth $12,800 — or $200 more than if it had been invested in the S&P 500.

Each month, I check over all 13 stocks in this portfolio and pick three that are particularly intriguing. That’s why I call them “Buy Now” stocks. Read below to see what those three stocks are, and at the end, I’ll offer up access to a special premium report on one portfolio stock that’s taken a beating lately.

Core
Company Allocation Jan. 1st balance Current balance Change
Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) 11.5% $115.00 $100.63 -12.5%
Google 11.5% $115.00 $129.03 12.2%
Amazon.com 11.5% $115.00 $122.13 6.2%
Whole Foods 11.5% $115.00 $109.71 -4.6%
Tier One
Starbucks 7.5% $75.25 $80.14 6.5%
Apple 7.5% $75.25 $62.98 -16.3%
Intuitive Surgical 7.5% $75.25 $75.33 0.1%
IPG Photonics 7.5% $75.25 $75.02 -0.3%
Tier Two
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) 5% $50.00 $45.35 -9.3%
LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD) 5% $50.00 $76.65 53.3%
Stratasys 5% $50.00 $46.35 -7.3%
Westport Innovations 5% $50.00 $55.25 10.5%
lululemon athletica 5% $50.00 $40.90 -18.2%
Year to Date $1,000.00 $1,019.47 1.2%

Source: Fool.com.

LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD)
I figured I would start out with the one that would leave readers scratching their heads. LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD) currently sells for 900 times earnings, and its stock has appreciated 175% since the beginning of 2012. Surely, this stock is due for a serious pullback, right?

Well, in the short term, it’s quite possible. And to be honest, that pullback could be significant. Then again, trying to predict short-term movements is a losing battle, and I think the long-term path of this company looks great.

Contrary to popular opinion, LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD) only makes a slice of its money from advertising. Instead, it caters more toward individuals looking to get a job and companies looking for qualified employees. If it were to reach the height of its potential, LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD) could completely rewrite the human resources division of large and small businesses alike.

And the company’s recent past shows that its model is catching on.

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