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Denmark is home to the global winner over the past 5 years

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By Shawn Langlois, MarketWatch

It’s not Amazon /quotes/zigman/63011/composite AMZN -0.29% . Nor is it Netflix /quotes/zigman/87598/composite NFLX +2.69% . Or even Tesla /quotes/zigman/118681/composite TSLA -0.46% . 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 /quotes/zigman/44542725/composite TREE +0.57% , 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 /quotes/zigman/1544102/composite ELLI -0.02%  and veterinary products maker Heska /quotes/zigman/2380047/composite HSKA -1.22%  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 /quotes/zigman/266988/delayed DK:GEN +0.42%  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 /quotes/zigman/1495494/delayed BR:EQTL3 +0.27%  is tops in South America, with a 160% gain. Over in Asia, food giant SPC Samlip /quotes/zigman/1639884/delayed KR:005610 -0.59%  and its $1,327% jump leads the way. Internet and media group Naspers ZA:NPN +0.22%  in No. 1 in Africa with a 224% advance, while Domino’s Pizza Enterprise Ltd. /quotes/zigman/378375/delayed AU:DMP +1.14%  is the biggest winner in the Pacific thanks to a 505% leap.

/quotes/zigman/63011/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 1,025.67
-3.03 -0.29%
Volume: 2.64M
July 21, 2017 4:00p
P/E Ratio
193.00
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$490.24 billion
Rev. per Employee
$417,613
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/quotes/zigman/87598/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 188.54
+4.94 +2.69%
Volume: 9.19M
July 21, 2017 4:00p
P/E Ratio
229.93
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$81.40 billion
Rev. per Employee
$2.17M
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/quotes/zigman/118681/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 328.40
-1.52 -0.46%
Volume: 4.82M
July 21, 2017 4:00p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$53.94 billion
Rev. per Employee
$480,787
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/quotes/zigman/44542725/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 181.93
+1.03 +0.57%
Volume: 166,568
July 21, 2017 4:00p
P/E Ratio
81.95
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$2.17 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.06M
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/quotes/zigman/1544102/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 109.89
-0.02 -0.02%
Volume: 195,626
July 21, 2017 4:02p
P/E Ratio
82.62
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$3.74 billion
Rev. per Employee
$355,156
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/quotes/zigman/2380047/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 100.17
-1.24 -1.22%
Volume: 41,928
July 21, 2017 4:00p
P/E Ratio
53.57
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$712.81 million
Rev. per Employee
$407,703
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/quotes/zigman/266988/delayed
DK : Denmark: OMX
kr. 1,438.00
+6.00 +0.42%
Volume: 158,705
July 21, 2017 4:59p
P/E Ratio
73.14
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
kr.87.89 billion
Rev. per Employee
kr.9.25M
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/quotes/zigman/1495494/delayed
BR : Brazil: Bovespa
R$ 56.15
+0.15 +0.27%
Volume: 646,300
July 21, 2017 7:45p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
R$11.16 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/quotes/zigman/1639884/delayed
KR : S. Korea: KRX
169,000
-1,000 -0.59%
Volume: 6,677
July 21, 2017 3:30p
P/E Ratio
27.97
Dividend Yield
0.57%
Market Cap
₩1458.30 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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ZA : South Africa
281,079
+617.67 +0.22%
Volume: 846,943
July 21, 2017 12:00a
P/E Ratio
30.52
Dividend Yield
0.21%
Market Cap
1230.43 billion
Rev. per Employee
3.12M
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/quotes/zigman/378375/delayed
AU : Australia: Sydney
$ 56.75
+0.64 +1.14%
Volume: 306,733
July 21, 2017 4:12p
P/E Ratio
57.38
Dividend Yield
1.71%
Market Cap
$5.04 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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Shawn Langlois is an editor and writer for MarketWatch in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter @slangwise.

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