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3 Fast-Growing Earnings Stocks

Their 5-year EPS growth rates topped the S&P 500

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Sep 02, 2020
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The S&P 500 index saw its trailing 12-month earnings per share (EPS) increase by approximately 5.8% on average every year over the past five years. The share price ($3,526.65 as of Tuesday) for the U.S. market benchmark rose by 84% over the past five years through Sept. 1.

Thus, investors may want to consider Winmark Corp (

WINA, Financial), Barnes Group Inc (B, Financial) and Curtiss-Wright Corp (CW, Financial), as these stocks have grown their EPS at an average yearly rate of more than 5.8% over the same period.

Winmark Corp

The Minneapolis, Minnesota-based operator of 1,256 franchised brand apparel stores for infants, children, teenagers, young adults and women saw its trailing 12-month EPS without non-recurring items (NRI) grow by 15.3% on average every year over the past five full fiscal years.

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The stock price closed at $155.01 per share on Tuesday for a market capitalization of $578.34 million, a 52-week range of $115 to $215 and a price-earnings ratio of 20.61.

Among the top fund holders of the company, Mawer Investment Management Ltd. is the leader with 13.02% of shares outstanding. It is followed by PRICE T ROWE ASSOCIATES INC /MD/ with 9.14% of shares outstanding and Nine Ten Capital Management LLC with 5.80% of shares outstanding.

Barnes Group Inc

The Bristol, Connecticut-based supplier of products and solutions for U.S. and international industrial and aerospace clients saw its trailing 12-month EPS without NRI grow by 6% every year over the past five full fiscal years.

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The stock price closed at $38.64 per share on Tuesday for a market capitalization of $1.95 billion, a 52-week range of $30.22 to $68.60 and a price-earnings ratio of 16.96.

Wall Street sell-side analysts recommend an overweight rating for this stock and have established an average target price of $41.83 per share.

BlackRock Inc. leads the group of top fund holders, owning 14.01% of shares outstanding. It is followed by WASATCH ADVISORS INC with 10.06% and VANGUARD GROUP INC with 9.68% of shares outstanding.

Curtiss-Wright Corp

The Davidson, North Carolina-based manufacturer and supplier of components to several industries and markets worldwide saw its trailing 12-month EPS without NRI grow by 15.6% every year over the past five full fiscal years.

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The stock price closed at $102.37 per share on Tuesday for a market capitalization of $4.26 billion, a 52-week range of $70.56 to $149.90 and a price-earnings ratio of 17.21.

Wall Street sell-side analysts recommend a buy rating for this stock and have established an average target price of $128.80 per share.

Among the top fund holders of the company, BlackRock Inc. is the leader with 10.95% of shares outstanding. It is followed by VANGUARD GROUP INC with 9.08% of shares outstanding and PRIMECAP Management with 4.07% of shares outstanding.

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