Top companies: Best investments
Rank Company Fastest-growing
rank
Total return
(3-year)
1 Green Mountain Coffee Roasters 2 120%
2 Netflix 24 116%
3 Acme Packet 25 108%
4 SXC Health Solutions 1 105%
5 Riverbed Technology 27 79%
6 Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance 78 79%
7 BJ's Restaurants 85 75%
8 LivePerson 44 71%
9 Steven Madden 46 66%
10 Medifast 5 65%
11 Baidu 4 65%
12 Priceline.com 12 64%
13 F5 Networks 48 57%
14 Lululemon Athletica 13 57%
15 Chipotle Mexican Grill 54 55%
16 HMS Holdings 38 53%
17 Encore Capital Group 40 52%
18 MarketAxess Holdings 36 51%
19 Credit Acceptance 30 49%
20 Sturm Ruger & Co 10 49%
21 IAMGOLD 26 47%
22 O'Reilly Automotive 51 43%
23 Hi-Tech Pharmacal 3 42%
24 Cirrus Logic 11 42%
25 Perrigo 75 41%
26 First Cash Financial Services 86 41%
27 EZCORP 66 41%
28 Amazon.com 45 41%
29 VanceInfo Technologies 31 40%
30 HealthSpring 71 40%
31 Allegiant Travel 64 39%
32 Buffalo Wild Wings 90 39%
33 Alexion Pharmaceuticals 6 37%
34 AboveNet 33 36%
35 KapStone Paper and Packaging 20 35%
36 Concho Resources 14 35%
37 IPC The Hospitalist 81 35%
38 MWI Veterinary Supply 92 35%
39 Ares Capital 17 35%
40 MercadoLibre 15 32%
41 Silver Wheaton 16 31%
42 Cognizant Technology Solutions 79 31%
43 TransGlobe Energy 68 31%
44 Epoch Holding 88 31%
45 Signature Bank 69 30%
46 Ebix 19 30%
47 Salesforce.com 35 30%
48 Discovery Communications 7 28%
49 NetEase.com 58 27%
50 Cubist Pharmaceuticals 53 26%
51 First Financial Bancorp 32 26%
52 Apple 21 26%
53 Home Inns & Hotel Management 9 26%
54 NetScout Systems 55 25%
55 New Oriental Education & Technology Group 70 24%
56 Deckers Outdoor 65 24%
57 Thoratec 60 24%
58 Ctrip.com International 42 23%
59 DG 52 23%
60 Catalyst Health Solutions 100 23%
61 Green Plains Renewable Energy 8 22%
62 VistaPrint 77 21%
63 FBL Financial Group 83 20%
64 Illumina 23 20%
65 Eldorado Gold 29 20%
66 InterDigital 41 19%
67 TriQuint Semiconductor 49 19%
68 Coinstar 22 19%
69 STEC 50 18%
70 American Science and Engineering 99 17%
71 Maiden Holdings 28 17%
72 American Equity Investment Life Holding 76 17%
73 Blue Coat Systems 95 16%
74 Lincoln Educational Services 37 16%
75 Cree 34 14%
76 Trina Solar 18 14%
77 Volterra Semiconductor 47 13%
78 AsiaInfo Holdings 82 12%
79 Intuitive Surgical 87 11%
80 Insituform Technologies 62 11%
81 Life Technologies 72 10%
82 Cyberonics 73 9%
83 Broadcom 84 8%
84 Enstar Group 91 6%
85 American Public Education 67 4%
86 United Therapeutics 43 4%
87 DeVry 74 4%
88 Walter Energy 97 3%
89 Newmont Mining 80 2%
90 Harbin Electric 56 2%
91 Cninsure 61 1%
92 Almost Family 93 1%
93 Sohu.com 89 1%
94 Neutral Tandem 59 0%
95 LHC Group 96 0%
96 ITT Educational Services 98 -2%
97 Celgene 57 -2%
98 Zhongpin 94 -6%
99 First Solar 39 -21%
100 Research In Motion 63 -37%
From the September 26, 2011 issue.
Revenue and profit figures reflect the four quarters ended on or before April 30,2011.
Total return is through June 30, 2011.
Earnings growth reflects earnings per share.

Sturm Ruger & Co 848%
Cirrus Logic 340%
Hi-Tech Pharmacal 234%
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters 120%
Netflix 116%
Acme Packet 108%
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