Top companies: Best investments
Rank Company Fastest-growing
rank
Total return
(3-year)
1 Questcor Pharmaceuticals 28 120%
2 3D Systems 12 112%
3 TPC Group 36 111%
4 lululemon athletica 6 109%
5 Catamaran 11 98%
6 Cirrus Logic 2 88%
7 priceline.com 14 81%
8 Alexion Pharmaceuticals 17 69%
9 Chipotle Mexican Grill 73 68%
10 HollyFrontier 4 64%
11 Under Armour 51 62%
12 Apple 8 60%
13 IPG Photonics 9 58%
14 51job 20 57%
15 Baidu 3 56%
16 East West Bancorp 79 55%
17 Hi-Tech Pharmacal 22 54%
18 Wynn Resorts 26 53%
19 HFF 5 53%
20 OYO Geospace 31 52%
21 Pioneer Natural Resources 29 51%
22 Intuitive Surgical 50 50%
23 RPC 10 50%
24 TransGlobe Energy 30 50%
25 VMware 52 49%
26 Silver Wheaton 1 49%
27 Fossil 86 47%
28 Rackspace Hosting 67 47%
29 Epoch Holding 19 45%
30 Gulfport Energy 27 44%
31 Concho Resources 32 44%
32 IMAX 82 44%
33 MWI Veterinary Supply 80 43%
34 MarketAxess Holdings 33 43%
35 F5 Networks 53 42%
36 MercadoLibre 41 42%
37 Triumph Group 44 42%
38 Steven Madden 56 41%
39 Impax Laboratories 13 40%
40 AmTrust Financial Services 60 40%
41 SciClone Pharmaceuticals 39 40%
42 Internet Initiative Japan 65 40%
43 SolarWinds 76 38%
44 Ascena Retail Group 58 38%
45 Coinstar 15 37%
46 Ultratech 49 37%
47 Northern Oil and Gas 7 36%
48 Darling International 40 36%
49 HMS Holdings 92 35%
50 EZchip Semiconductor 62 35%
51 Netgear 45 34%
52 Titan Machinery 66 34%
53 Portfolio Recovery 100 33%
54 Whiting Petroleum 70 33%
55 Cognizant Technology Solutions 85 31%
56 Encore Capital Group 90 31%
57 ExlService Holdings 61 30%
58 SVB Financial 83 29%
59 Clean Harbors 69 28%
60 Cliffs Natural Resources 34 28%
61 Coherent 55 28%
62 Super Micro Computer 98 27%
63 American Equity Investment Life 18 27%
64 Cymer 68 26%
65 Electro Rent 99 25%
66 Ebix 87 24%
67 BorgWarner 64 24%
68 Gentex 54 24%
69 Affiliated Managers Group 96 0%
70 Warner Chilcott 21 23%
71 Southern Copper 94 23%
72 Acme Packet 37 23%
73 Tempur-Pedic International 93 21%
74 Medifast 46 20%
75 NetEase 81 19%
76 3SBio 89 18%
77 Buenaventura Mining 74 18%
78 Investors Bancorp 71 18%
79 Silvercorp Metals 48 18%
80 NetApp 72 17%
81 ZAGG 24 17%
82 Semtech 88 15%
83 Opentable 43 14%
84 Hollysys Automation Technologies 42 14%
85 Lam Research 75 13%
86 Riverbed Technology 57 12%
87 Broadcom 78 11%
88 Materion 59 0%
89 Rush Enterprises 95 11%
90 Celgene 91 10%
91 Bridgepoint Education 16 9%
92 Grand Canyon Education 63 8%
93 Vale 97 7%
94 IAMGOLD 47 7%
95 United Therapeutics 25 6%
96 TTM Technologies 38 6%
97 Barrick Gold 77 5%
98 Green Mountain Coffee Roasters 35 3%
99 Pan American Silver 23 -2%
100 AsiaInfo-Linkage 84 -12%
From the September 24, 2012 issue.

Northern Oil and Gas 237%
ZAGG 104%
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters 78%
Cirrus Logic 450%
IAMGOLD 421%
HFF 341%
Questcor Pharmaceuticals 120%
3D Systems 112%
TPC Group 111%
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