Top 5 Fast Growth Stocks

Each weekday, TheStreet.com 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.


Circor International ( CIR) 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 strengths can be seen in multiple areas, including its revenue and net income growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. Circor has demonstrated a pattern of positive EPS growth over the past two years.

These factors have driven the company's stock to a level that is somewhat expensive compared with the rest of its industry.


Designing, manufacturing and servicing electrical components and equipment for aircraft and industrial engines, Woodward Governor ( WGOV) 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. in the third quarter of fiscal 2007, its net operating cash flow increased 34.71% on the year to $36.44 million. The growth in the firm's cash flow also exceeded the industry average of 10.64%. These strengths outweigh the company's subpar net income growth.


Southern Copper ( PCU) mines, smelts and refines copper in southern Peru. It has had a buy rating since October 2005. The company's EPS improved by 20.3% to $2.13 per share in the third quarter compared with the same period last year, continuing a two-year pattern of positive EPS growth. Southern Copper's stock price increased by 171.89% in the 12 months before Oct. 31, and it should continue to move higher. The company's revenue increased by 13.7% in the third quarter compared with the same period last year, although that figure trailed the industry average of 29.7%. Although no company is perfect, TheStreet.com Ratings do not currently see any weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.


Curtiss-Wright ( CW) designs, manufactures and overhauls products for motion control and flow control applications. It has been rated a buy since July 2006. The company's strengths include its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. Curtiss-Wright has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently, but TheStreet.com Ratings believe it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. These strengths outweigh the company's somewhat disappointing return on equity.


Barnes Group ( B), a metals maker and industrial supplies distributor, has been rated a buy since September 2005. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of EPS growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Barnes has displayed a pattern of positive EPS growth over the past two years.

Although no company is perfect, currently TheStreet.com Ratings does not see any significant weaknesses that are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

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