Top companies: Best investments
Rank Company Fastest-growing
rank
Total return
(3-year annual rate)
1 Green Mountain Coffee Roasters 11 88%
2 Ebix 4 77%
3 CF Industries Holdings 6 74%
4 Pegasystems 19 62%
5 Shanda Interactive Entertainment 7 59%
6 AsiaInfo Holdings 40 59%
7 HMS Holdings 20 56%
8 DG FastChannel 5 50%
9 Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan 10 49%
10 Research In Motion 1 45%
11 Synaptics 43 39%
12 AZZ 21 38%
13 Open Text 15 36%
14 Apple 39 35%
15 Elbit Systems 17 35%
16 Sohu.com 3 35%
17 Activision Blizzard 67 30%
18 Amazon.com 52 29%
19 Stifel Financial 25 27%
20 Atlantic Tele-Network 87 26%
21 IntercontinentalExchange 12 25%
22 FLIR Systems 57 25%
23 LSB Industries 34 25%
24 FTI Consulting 61 24%
25 Arena Resources 8 23%
26 ITC Holdings 18 23%
27 Telvent GIT 70 23%
28 Ctrip.com International 38 22%
29 Deckers Outdoor 35 22%
30 Monsanto 41 22%
31 Marvel Entertainment 64 21%
32 Spartan Motors 26 21%
33 PriceSmart 55 21%
34 LKQ 37 20%
35 Bruker 9 20%
36 Syntel 81 19%
37 Sigma Designs 2 19%
38 Buffalo Wild Wings 82 19%
39 Diana Shipping 24 19%
40 Balchem 62 18%
41 Dolby Laboratories 59 17%
42 VistaPrint 16 17%
43 Gilead Sciences 58 17%
44 Teva Pharmaceutical Industries 56 16%
45 ICON 49 16%
46 Royal Gold 74 16%
47 TransDigm Group 51 15%
48 Darling International 13 13%
49 Ralcorp Holdings 75 13%
50 Intuitive Surgical 48 12%
51 Force Protection 32 11%
52 Schering-Plough 54 11%
53 Western Digital 97 10%
54 Quanta Services 65 10%
55 BlackRock 50 10%
56 Huron Consulting Group 72 10%
57 Chipotle Mexican Grill 83 9%
58 ANSYS 33 9%
59 Guess 36 8%
60 True Religion Apparel 95 8%
61 Enbridge 99 8%
62 Team 76 8%
63 Lindsay 31 8%
64 M & F Worldwide 28 7%
65 Millicom International Cellular 14 7%
66 Precision Castparts 78 7%
67 DreamWorks Animation SKG 63 6%
68 TreeHouse Foods 96 6%
69 Sapient 88 6%
70 Cameron International 79 6%
71 Zoll Medical 85 6%
72 Natus Medical 23 5%
73 Amedisys 80 5%
74 Bucyrus International 27 5%
75 Diamond Offshore Drilling 92 4%
76 Thermo Fisher Scientific 69 4%
77 Foster Wheeler 29 3%
78 NRG Energy 60 3%
79 General Cable 46 2%
80 Gulfmark Offshore 86 2%
81 GameStop 44 2%
82 Helmerich & Payne 94 1%
83 National Oilwell Varco 47 1%
84 China Medical Technologies 73 1%
85 Celgene 22 0%
86 Google 68 0%
87 Atwood Oceanics 45 0%
88 Infosys Technologies 100 0%
89 Iconix Brand Group 71 -2%
90 McDermott International 91 -4%
91 Vasco Data Security International 89 -4%
92 Transocean 30 -4%
93 Noble 66 -6%
94 Catalyst Health Solutions 93 -6%
95 Psychiatric Solutions 98 -7%
96 Cognizant Technology Solutions 90 -7%
97 NASDAQ OMX Group 42 -11%
98 GigaMedia 53 -13%
99 WebMD Health 77 -14%
100 Garmin 84 -21%
From the August 31, 2009 issue
Top 25 Headquarters
MAPS

Force Protection 195%
M & F Worldwide 110%
Sigma Designs 104%
Sigma Designs 338%
CF Industries Holdings 328%
DG FastChannel 308%
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters 88%
Ebix 77%
CF Industries Holdings 74%
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