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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 +1.35% . Nor is it Netflix /quotes/zigman/87598/composite NFLX +0.47% . Or even Tesla /quotes/zigman/118681/composite TSLA +2.41% . 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 +0.13% , 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 -0.29%  and veterinary products maker Heska /quotes/zigman/2380047/composite HSKA -1.02%  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 +1.94%  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 +0.58%  is tops in South America, with a 160% gain. Over in Asia, food giant SPC Samlip /quotes/zigman/1639884/delayed KR:005610 +0.50%  and its $1,327% jump leads the way. Internet and media group Naspers ZA:NPN +1.46%  in No. 1 in Africa with a 224% advance, while Domino’s Pizza Enterprise Ltd. /quotes/zigman/378375/delayed AU:DMP +0.65%  is the biggest winner in the Pacific thanks to a 505% leap.

/quotes/zigman/63011/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 856.49
+11.42 +1.35%
Volume: 2.47M
Feb. 21, 2017 2:19p
P/E Ratio
174.59
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$403.24 billion
Rev. per Employee
$398,322
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/quotes/zigman/87598/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 142.89
+0.67 +0.47%
Volume: 2.44M
Feb. 21, 2017 2:19p
P/E Ratio
339.97
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$61.21 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.88M
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/quotes/zigman/118681/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 278.80
+6.57 +2.41%
Volume: 4.51M
Feb. 21, 2017 2:19p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$43.85 billion
Rev. per Employee
$454,119
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/quotes/zigman/44542725/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 113.10
+0.15 +0.13%
Volume: 75,868
Feb. 21, 2017 2:17p
P/E Ratio
27.83
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$1.33 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.16M
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/quotes/zigman/1544102/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 93.50
-0.27 -0.29%
Volume: 198,907
Feb. 21, 2017 2:18p
P/E Ratio
82.05
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$3.16 billion
Rev. per Employee
$420,403
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/quotes/zigman/2380047/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 82.21
-0.85 -1.02%
Volume: 18,687
Feb. 21, 2017 2:16p
P/E Ratio
65.94
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$572.95 million
Rev. per Employee
$388,065
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/quotes/zigman/266988/delayed
DK : Denmark: OMX
kr. 1,422.00
+27.00 +1.94%
Volume: 305,571
Feb. 21, 2017 4:59p
P/E Ratio
118.11
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
kr.84.19 billion
Rev. per Employee
kr.7.87M
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/quotes/zigman/1495494/delayed
BR : Brazil: Bovespa
R$ 59.34
+0.34 +0.58%
Volume: 307,400
Feb. 21, 2017 4:04p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
R$11.72 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/quotes/zigman/1639884/delayed
KR : S. Korea: KRX
199,500
+1,000 +0.50%
Volume: 9,178
Feb. 21, 2017 3:39p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
0.44%
Market Cap
₩1712.86 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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ZA : South Africa
219,012
+3,154 +1.46%
Volume: 796,615
Feb. 20, 2017 12:00a
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
0.24%
Market Cap
967.12 billion
Rev. per Employee
2.98M
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/quotes/zigman/378375/delayed
AU : Australia: Sydney
$ 55.37
+0.36 +0.65%
Volume: 425,522
Feb. 21, 2017 4:38p
P/E Ratio
55.99
Dividend Yield
1.75%
Market Cap
$4.89 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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