By Shawn Langlois, MarketWatch
It’s not Amazon /zigman2/quotes/210331248/composite AMZN -1.79% . Nor is it Netflix /zigman2/quotes/202353025/composite NFLX -0.05% . Or even Tesla /zigman2/quotes/203558040/composite TSLA +4.42% . Of course, all three of those stocks have certainly enriched shareholders in a big way over the past five years. But there’s one, in particular, that has outperformed the rest.
And it’s no tech juggernaut.
LendingTree /zigman2/quotes/204207971/composite TREE -3.40% , according to FactSet data, has surged 1,562% over that time frame. to trump all North American stocks. To weed out the penny stocks, FactSet screened global markets for stocks trading over $5 a share with a market cap of at least $500 million back in February 2012.
The online lender has ridden a healing economy and increasing loan demand to big profit growth. The stock is well off its record highs near $150 a share from last year, but it’s still top dog in the region by this metric, beating out mortgage software company Ellie Mae and veterinary products maker Heska /zigman2/quotes/206430199/composite HSKA +2.18% in the second and third positions.
LendingTree, however, is runner-up to Europe’s biggest gainer when it comes to the world’s top performer in that period, FactSet noted. Danish biotech Genmab has seen its shares explode for a 2,568% return to dwarf all others.
Taking a tour of the leaders in the rest of the regions: Brazilian energy firm Equatorial Energia /zigman2/quotes/201887614/delayed BR:EQTL3 -2.36% is tops in South America, with a 160% gain. Over in Asia, food giant SPC Samlip /zigman2/quotes/203498709/delayed KR:005610 0.00% and its $1,327% jump leads the way. Internet and media group Naspers /zigman2/quotes/205954517/delayed ZA:NPN -0.47% in No. 1 in Africa with a 224% advance, while Domino’s Pizza Enterprise Ltd. /zigman2/quotes/210335597/delayed AU:DMP -0.08% is the biggest winner in the Pacific thanks to a 505% leap.