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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 +1.46% . Nor is it Netflix /quotes/zigman/87598/composite NFLX +0.05% . Or even Tesla /quotes/zigman/118681/composite TSLA -1.64% . 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 +0.39% , 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 0.00%  and veterinary products maker Heska /quotes/zigman/2380047/composite HSKA +0.14%  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 -0.17%  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 +0.02%  is tops in South America, with a 160% gain. Over in Asia, food giant SPC Samlip /quotes/zigman/1639884/delayed KR:005610 -1.70%  and its $1,327% jump leads the way. Internet and media group Naspers ZA:NPN -4.04%  in No. 1 in Africa with a 224% advance, while Domino’s Pizza Enterprise Ltd. /quotes/zigman/378375/delayed AU:DMP -1.32%  is the biggest winner in the Pacific thanks to a 505% leap.

/quotes/zigman/63011/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 1,156.16
+16.67 +1.46%
Volume: 3.51M
Nov. 22, 2017 4:00p
P/E Ratio
293.44
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$549.09 billion
Rev. per Employee
$472,039
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/quotes/zigman/87598/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 196.32
+0.09 +0.05%
Volume: 5.39M
Nov. 22, 2017 4:00p
P/E Ratio
198.30
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$84.91 billion
Rev. per Employee
$2.32M
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/quotes/zigman/118681/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 312.60
-5.21 -1.64%
Volume: 4.89M
Nov. 22, 2017 4:00p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$53.41 billion
Rev. per Employee
$604,833
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/quotes/zigman/44542725/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 298.20
+1.15 +0.39%
Volume: 159,714
Nov. 22, 2017 4:00p
P/E Ratio
130.79
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$3.56 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.40M
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/quotes/zigman/1544102/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 88.07
0.00 0.00%
Volume: 134,709
Nov. 22, 2017 4:02p
P/E Ratio
58.32
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$3.04 billion
Rev. per Employee
$374,497
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/quotes/zigman/2380047/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 87.83
+0.12 +0.14%
Volume: 25,146
Nov. 22, 2017 4:00p
P/E Ratio
45.98
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$635.37 million
Rev. per Employee
$414,948
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/quotes/zigman/266988/delayed
DK : Denmark: OMX
kr. 1,200.00
-2.00 -0.17%
Volume: 25,431
Nov. 23, 2017 9:52a
P/E Ratio
64.03
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
kr.75.32 billion
Rev. per Employee
kr.11.10M
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/quotes/zigman/1495494/delayed
BR : Brazil: Bovespa
R$ 64.73
+0.01 +0.02%
Volume: 711,000
Nov. 22, 2017 6:08p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
R$12.86 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/quotes/zigman/1639884/delayed
KR : S. Korea: KRX
144,500
-2,500 -1.70%
Volume: 17,575
Nov. 23, 2017 4:30p
P/E Ratio
26.45
Dividend Yield
0.66%
Market Cap
₩1311.61 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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ZA : South Africa
393,918
-16,569 -4.04%
Volume: 2.03M
Nov. 22, 2017 12:00a
P/E Ratio
42.78
Dividend Yield
0.15%
Market Cap
1794.85 billion
Rev. per Employee
3.50M
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/quotes/zigman/378375/delayed
AU : Australia: Sydney
$ 46.37
-0.62 -1.32%
Volume: 191,283
Nov. 23, 2017 4:10p
P/E Ratio
40.43
Dividend Yield
1.94%
Market Cap
$4.07 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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