Newmont Mining
Newmont Mining
Fastest-growing rank: 80
Fortune 1000 rank: 260

With the price of gold up 32% this year, perhaps it's no surprise to find the largest U.S. producer of the metal on this list. Newmont, headquartered in Colorado, mines gold and copper in nearly every corner of the world. The company is all too familiar with the boom and bust cycles of commodities: It celebrated its 90th birthday earlier this year.

For now, it's enjoying the current boom. Newmont has new projects in Ghana, North America, South America and the Asia Pacific region. But as the cost to produce gold rises -- the company says it's up to $588 per ounce from $507 last year -- its bottom line is taking a hit. Profits rose by 18% in the second quarter, but missed analyst expectations by a wide margin. Revenue rose 11%.

Last updated September 14 2011: 12:41 PM ET
Join the Conversation
The full list

Fortune's annual roster of high performers reveals the promising saplings that are rising in a difficult economy.

Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer LIBOR Warning: Neither BBA Enterprises Limited, nor the BBA LIBOR Contributor Banks, nor Reuters, can be held liable for any irregularity or inaccuracy of BBA LIBOR. Disclaimer. Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.