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The top-performing stocks from each region around the world

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 +2.14% . Nor is it Netflix /quotes/zigman/87598/composite NFLX +0.90% . Or even Tesla /quotes/zigman/118681/composite TSLA -0.03% . 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 -0.36% , 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 -0.49%  and veterinary products maker Heska /quotes/zigman/2380047/composite HSKA 0.00%  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 -1.19%  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 +0.86%  is tops in South America, with a 160% gain. Over in Asia, food giant SPC Samlip /quotes/zigman/1639884/delayed KR:005610 +0.69%  and its $1,327% jump leads the way. Internet and media group Naspers ZA:NPN +1.80%  in No. 1 in Africa with a 224% advance, while Domino’s Pizza Enterprise Ltd. /quotes/zigman/378375/delayed AU:DMP -0.16%  is the biggest winner in the Pacific thanks to a 505% leap.

/quotes/zigman/63011/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 874.32
+18.32 +2.14%
Volume: 4.24M
March 29, 2017 4:00p
P/E Ratio
178.28
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$417.20 billion
Rev. per Employee
$398,322
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/quotes/zigman/87598/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 146.47
+1.30 +0.90%
Volume: 3.79M
March 29, 2017 4:00p
P/E Ratio
348.74
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$62.48 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.88M
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/quotes/zigman/118681/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 277.38
-0.07 -0.03%
Volume: 3.56M
March 29, 2017 4:00p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$45.25 billion
Rev. per Employee
$393,664
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/quotes/zigman/44542725/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 123.70
-0.45 -0.36%
Volume: 68,469
March 29, 2017 4:00p
P/E Ratio
57.53
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$1.47 billion
Rev. per Employee
$963,414
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/quotes/zigman/1544102/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 99.38
-0.49 -0.49%
Volume: 200,784
March 29, 2017 4:02p
P/E Ratio
87.18
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$3.36 billion
Rev. per Employee
$337,030
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/quotes/zigman/2380047/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 95.76
0.00 0.00%
Volume: 69,684
March 29, 2017 4:00p
P/E Ratio
66.97
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$677.60 million
Rev. per Employee
$397,807
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/quotes/zigman/266988/delayed
DK : Denmark: OMX
kr. 1,410.00
-17.00 -1.19%
Volume: 108,485
March 30, 2017 2:20p
P/E Ratio
73.40
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
kr.85.15 billion
Rev. per Employee
kr.8.86M
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/quotes/zigman/1495494/delayed
BR : Brazil: Bovespa
R$ 57.49
+0.49 +0.86%
Volume: 651,900
March 29, 2017 5:07p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
R$11.42 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/quotes/zigman/1639884/delayed
KR : S. Korea: KRX
217,500
+1,500 +0.69%
Volume: 9,117
March 30, 2017 3:56p
P/E Ratio
36.77
Dividend Yield
0.44%
Market Cap
₩1872.49 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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ZA : South Africa
234,710
+4,161 +1.80%
Volume: 1.09M
March 29, 2017 12:00a
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
0.22%
Market Cap
1010.74 billion
Rev. per Employee
2.98M
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/quotes/zigman/378375/delayed
AU : Australia: Sydney
$ 57.96
-0.09 -0.16%
Volume: 166,841
March 30, 2017 4:11p
P/E Ratio
58.60
Dividend Yield
1.67%
Market Cap
$5.20 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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