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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 -0.68% . Nor is it Netflix /quotes/zigman/87598/composite NFLX -0.96% . Or even Tesla /quotes/zigman/118681/composite TSLA -0.61% . 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 +1.48% , 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 -0.54%  and veterinary products maker Heska /quotes/zigman/2380047/composite HSKA +0.39%  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 -0.28%  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 -0.64%  is tops in South America, with a 160% gain. Over in Asia, food giant SPC Samlip /quotes/zigman/1639884/delayed KR:005610 -2.52%  and its $1,327% jump leads the way. Internet and media group Naspers ZA:NPN +0.02%  in No. 1 in Africa with a 224% advance, while Domino’s Pizza Enterprise Ltd. /quotes/zigman/378375/delayed AU:DMP +0.89%  is the biggest winner in the Pacific thanks to a 505% leap.

/quotes/zigman/63011/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 963.29
-6.57 -0.68%
Volume: 1.72M
Sept. 20, 2017 2:24p
P/E Ratio
244.99
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$465.90 billion
Rev. per Employee
$439,731
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/quotes/zigman/87598/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 183.90
-1.78 -0.96%
Volume: 2.71M
Sept. 20, 2017 2:24p
P/E Ratio
225.21
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$80.17 billion
Rev. per Employee
$2.17M
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/quotes/zigman/118681/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 372.80
-2.30 -0.61%
Volume: 3.85M
Sept. 20, 2017 2:24p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$62.60 billion
Rev. per Employee
$566,241
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/quotes/zigman/44542725/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 249.70
+3.65 +1.48%
Volume: 144,767
Sept. 20, 2017 2:24p
P/E Ratio
116.89
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$2.95 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.20M
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/quotes/zigman/1544102/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 84.47
-0.46 -0.54%
Volume: 125,517
Sept. 20, 2017 2:23p
P/E Ratio
56.26
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$2.92 billion
Rev. per Employee
$368,278
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/quotes/zigman/2380047/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 88.64
+0.34 +0.39%
Volume: 27,201
Sept. 20, 2017 2:21p
P/E Ratio
45.00
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$638.06 million
Rev. per Employee
$421,070
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/quotes/zigman/266988/delayed
DK : Denmark: OMX
kr. 1,427.00
-4.00 -0.28%
Volume: 199,748
Sept. 20, 2017 4:59p
P/E Ratio
65.19
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
kr.87.49 billion
Rev. per Employee
kr.11.30M
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/quotes/zigman/1495494/delayed
BR : Brazil: Bovespa
R$ 63.56
-0.41 -0.64%
Volume: 320,900
Sept. 20, 2017 3:09p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
R$12.71 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/quotes/zigman/1639884/delayed
KR : S. Korea: KRX
135,500
-3,500 -2.52%
Volume: 18,880
Sept. 20, 2017 3:30p
P/E Ratio
22.97
Dividend Yield
0.71%
Market Cap
₩1199.43 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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ZA : South Africa
296,708
+64.57 +0.02%
Volume: 815,475
Sept. 19, 2017 12:00a
P/E Ratio
32.22
Dividend Yield
0.20%
Market Cap
1305.49 billion
Rev. per Employee
3.50M
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/quotes/zigman/378375/delayed
AU : Australia: Sydney
$ 44.38
+0.39 +0.89%
Volume: 401,770
Sept. 20, 2017 4:10p
P/E Ratio
38.69
Dividend Yield
2.02%
Market Cap
$3.94 billion
Rev. per Employee
$2.26M
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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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