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Top Five Fast-Growth Companies

Garmin and Precision Castparts top the list.

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 of all stocks rated by our proprietary quantitative model, which looks at more than 60 factors.

The stocks must also be followed by at least one financial analyst who posts estimates on the Institutional Brokers' Estimate System. They are ordered by their potential to appreciate.

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.

Today leads off with


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

, which makes navigation, communications and information devices based on GPS technology. It has been rated a buy since July 2005.

The company has shown outstanding revenue growth, notable return on equity and 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.

Precision Castparts


, which makes complex metal components and products for the aerospace and industrial gas turbine industries, has been rated buy since June 2005. The company has recently made acquisitions expanding its casting, forging and fastener product offerings, and these should fuel revenue growth.

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Precision's net income has also been increasing as a result of margin expansion and higher income from continued operations (which were partially offset by higher interest expense and taxes). Because Precision depends on the aerospace industry for its top-line growth, any slowdown in that industry could lead to reduced demand for its products. Other possible concerns include fluctuations in the prices of basic materials and any unseen difficulty in integrating recent acquisitions.


(HSC) - Get Harsco Corporation Report

provides industrial services and engineered products to the steel, construction, railways and energy industries. It has been rated a buy since July 2005. The company demonstrates robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, 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 45.55% in the 12-month period prior to July 13. The growth has put it at a price level that is relatively expensive compared with the rest of its industry, but given the Harsco's strengths, the higher price level is justified.

Russian dairy product and beverage manufacturer

Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods


has earned a buy rating since December 2005.

The company has shown impressive revenue growth, net income increases and significant growth in return on equity. Its return on equity in the last quarter exceeded that of the same quarter one year ago, a clear sign of strength within the company. These strengths outweigh the stock's premium valuation on the basis of our review of its current price compared with earnings and book value.

Triumph Group

(TGI) - Get Triumph Group, Inc. Report

, an aircraft-components company, has maintained a buy rating since August 2005. The company has demonstrated impressive growth in revenue, net income and earnings per share, along with good cash flow from operations.

The company has shown a pattern of positive EPS growth over the past two years, a trend Ratings team believes will continue in the coming year. Triumph also has impressive net operating cash flow. These strengths outweigh its low profit margins.