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7 Best-Performing Growth Stocks

If you’ve heard the term “growth stocks” before, there’s a good chance that it was referring to large technology companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Tesla, or Alphabet (formerly Google). These are the five most heavily weighted components of the Standard & Poor’s 500 index, so they have an outsized influence on the overall movement of the stock market.

However, not all growth stocks are technology stocks. Growth stocks can be in the health care sector, the financial sector, or any other sector. What defines them is, well, growth. Here’s a deeper look at what that actually means.

What is a growth stock?

Growth stocks are stocks of companies whose revenue is growing faster than average. Growth stocks typically don’t pay dividends, reinvesting profits into their growth instead. Investors buy growth stocks with the hope share prices will rise quickly.

Growth stocks are often contrasted with income stocks, which investors buy for their consistent dividend payments, and value stocks, which investors buy in the hope that their prices will rebound from a recent setback.

Best-performing growth stocks

Below is a list of the top 7 U.S.-listed growth stocks, ordered by one-week performance. To compile this list, we take into account the growth rates of revenue and earnings over the past year and prior year, as well as price-to-earnings ratios and dividend yield over the past year. As of Oct 16, 2023.

  • LULU (Lululemon Athletica Inc.): Performance (Week) – 11.47%
  • PLNT (Planet Fitness Inc): Performance (Week) – 10.57%
  • ACHC (Acadia Healthcare Company Inc): Performance (Week) – 10.05%
  • ANF (Abercrombie & Fitch Co.): Performance (Week) – 9.70%
  • CX (Cemex S.A.B. De C.V. ADR): Performance (Week) – 9.08%
  • VLRS (Controladora Vuela Cia De Aviacion ADR): Performance (Week) – 6.88%
  • FUTU (Futu Holdings Ltd ADR): Performance (Week) – 6.63%

How to find growth stocks

You can identify growth stocks using a stock screening program like Finviz — that’s how we compiled the list above. To find growth stocks with a screener, filter for high EPS growth and revenue growth (sometimes called sales growth). You can also screen for high PE ratios and non-dividend-paying stocks — as we did above — to further refine your search to growth stocks that have share price momentum and are aggressively reinvesting money in their own growth.

Should you buy growth stocks?

That depends on you and your investing goals. The stocks above may be beating the market right now, but that doesn’t mean that you should go all-in on them. Past performance does not predict future performance, and picking individual stocks can be a risky business.

Many investors instead buy index mutual funds and exchange-traded funds, which bundle hundreds or thousands of stocks into a single investment. Index funds, by definition, don’t beat the market — they move with the market.

The S&P 500 index, which contains roughly 500 of the largest publicly traded companies in the U.S., has returned an average of about 10% per year since 1926. That makes it a powerful tool for compounding wealth over the long term.

However, it’s worth emphasizing that 10% is the average annual return of the index. In some years, the index does much better than that, but in other years, it does much worse.

During downturns, skilled stock pickers can theoretically outperform the market indexes by investing some of their money in individual companies that buck the negative trend, like the ones shown above. But be careful: Studies have shown that individual investors usually underperform the market indexes.

Other investors harness the power of index funds and individual stocks with the “90/10 rule.” They invest no more than 10% of their portfolios in individual stocks and keep the rest in low-cost index funds.

Riley Moore
Riley Moore
Riley Moore is an experienced market writer at CEO Scoop Magazine, leveraging his background in journalism and financial analysis to deliver insightful articles on market trends. With a unique perspective, Riley translates complex financial concepts into accessible content, making him a valuable asset for readers navigating the dynamic business landscape.

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