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Top Five Fast-Growth Stocks

Harsco, Garmin take flight.

Each weekday, Ratings compiles a list of the top five stocks in five categories -- fast-growth, all-around value, large-cap, mid-cap and small-cap -- and publishes these lists in the

Ratings section of our Web site.

This list, updated daily, is based on data from the close of the previous trading session. Today, fast-growth stocks are in the spotlight. These are stocks of companies that are projected to increase revenue and profit by at least 12% in the coming year and rank near the top all stocks rated by our proprietary quantitative model, which looks at over 60 factors.

In addition, the stocks must be followed by at least one financial analyst who posts estimates on the Institutional Brokers' Estimate System. Please note that definitions of revenue vary by industry, and this screen does not make adjustments for acquisitions, which can materially affect posted results. Likewise, earnings per share growth may be affected by accounting charges, share repurchases and other one-time items.

Note that no provision is made for off-balance-sheet assets such as unrealized appreciation/depreciation of investments, market value of real estate or contingent liabilities that might affect book value. This could be material for some companies with large underfunded pension plans.


(HSC) - Get Harsco Corporation Report

provides industrial services and engineered products to the steel, construction, railway and energy industries. It has been rated a buy since September 2005. The company demonstrates robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, net income growth that has outperformed its industry average and a pattern of positive EPS growth over the past two years. Powered by these strong financial results, Harsco's stock has appreciated by 50.20% in the 12-month period prior to Sept. 27.

The growth has put it at a price level that is relatively expensive compared with the rest of its industry, but given Harsco's strengths, the higher price level is justified. Harsco's strengths also outweigh the company's low profit margins.


(GRMN) - Get Garmin Ltd. (GRMN) Report

makes navigation, communications and information devices based on GPS technology. It has been rated a buy since September 2005. The company has shown outstanding revenue growth, notable return on equity, a two-year pattern of steady increases in EPS, and it is carrying no debt.

These strengths outweigh the fact that Garmin is trading at a premium valuation according to Ratings' review of its current price compared with factors such as earnings and book value.

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Designing, manufacturing and servicing electrical components and equipment for aircraft and industrial engines,

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has had a buy rating since September 2005. It demonstrates solid revenue growth, a very low debt-to-equity ratio and a largely solid financial position with reasonable debt and valuation levels. Its net operating cash flow increased 34.71% to $36.44 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2007 compared with the same period last year. These strengths outweigh the company's subpar net income growth.


(MTW) - Get Manitowoc Company, Inc. Report

manufactures and markets cranes and related products, food service equipment and marine products. It has been rated a buy since September 2005. The company demonstrates notable revenue growth, significant EPS improvement, impressive stock price appreciation and net income growth that has significantly outpaced that of the

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and its industry. Its price level is now somewhat expensive compared with the rest of its industry, but given the company's strengths, the higher price is justified.

Circor International

(CIR) - Get CIRCOR International, Inc. Report

engages in the design, manufacture and distribution of valves and fluid control products. It has been rated a buy since September 2005.

The company's year-on-year revenue growth of 14.9% in the second quarter outpaced the industry average of 5.1%. Its earnings improved by 50.0% in the same timeframe, continuing a two-year pattern of positive EPS growth. Ratings believes this trend will continue.

Circor has also seen good cash flow from operations and its stock price increased 50.92% in the 12 months prior to Sept. 28. These strengths outweigh the company's low profit margins.