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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 +0.24% . Nor is it Netflix /quotes/zigman/87598/composite NFLX -0.38% . Or even Tesla /quotes/zigman/118681/composite TSLA +2.62% . 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 +1.03% , 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 +0.51%  and veterinary products maker Heska /quotes/zigman/2380047/composite HSKA -0.58%  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 -1.59%  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 -1.06%  is tops in South America, with a 160% gain. Over in Asia, food giant SPC Samlip /quotes/zigman/1639884/delayed KR:005610 0.00%  and its $1,327% jump leads the way. Internet and media group Naspers ZA:NPN +0.46%  in No. 1 in Africa with a 224% advance, while Domino’s Pizza Enterprise Ltd. /quotes/zigman/378375/delayed AU:DMP -3.83%  is the biggest winner in the Pacific thanks to a 505% leap.

/quotes/zigman/63011/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 995.78
+2.40 +0.24%
Volume: 3.38M
May 26, 2017 4:00p
P/E Ratio
187.38
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$475.96 billion
Rev. per Employee
$417,613
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/quotes/zigman/87598/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 162.43
-0.62 -0.38%
Volume: 4.78M
May 26, 2017 4:00p
P/E Ratio
213.72
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$70.01 billion
Rev. per Employee
$2.02M
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/quotes/zigman/118681/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 325.14
+8.31 +2.62%
Volume: 7.70M
May 26, 2017 4:00p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$53.41 billion
Rev. per Employee
$480,787
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/quotes/zigman/44542725/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 157.45
+1.60 +1.03%
Volume: 196,858
May 26, 2017 4:00p
P/E Ratio
70.92
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$1.88 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.06M
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/quotes/zigman/1544102/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 110.81
+0.56 +0.51%
Volume: 152,005
May 26, 2017 4:02p
P/E Ratio
83.32
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$3.78 billion
Rev. per Employee
$355,156
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/quotes/zigman/2380047/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 97.40
-0.57 -0.58%
Volume: 43,254
May 26, 2017 4:00p
P/E Ratio
52.09
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$693.10 million
Rev. per Employee
$407,703
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/quotes/zigman/266988/delayed
DK : Denmark: OMX
kr. 1,365.00
-22.00 -1.59%
Volume: 68,382
May 29, 2017 1:12p
P/E Ratio
69.43
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
kr.84.54 billion
Rev. per Employee
kr.9.25M
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/quotes/zigman/1495494/delayed
BR : Brazil: Bovespa
R$ 54.00
-0.58 -1.06%
Volume: 1.94M
May 26, 2017 5:07p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
R$10.73 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/quotes/zigman/1639884/delayed
KR : S. Korea: KRX
214,000
0.00 0.00%
Volume: 5,864
May 29, 2017 3:30p
P/E Ratio
35.41
Dividend Yield
0.45%
Market Cap
₩1846.61 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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ZA : South Africa
280,300
+1,271 +0.46%
Volume: 827,658
May 26, 2017 12:00a
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
0.19%
Market Cap
1228.86 billion
Rev. per Employee
2.98M
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/quotes/zigman/378375/delayed
AU : Australia: Sydney
$ 59.19
-2.36 -3.83%
Volume: 1.37M
May 29, 2017 4:10p
P/E Ratio
59.85
Dividend Yield
1.64%
Market Cap
$5.47 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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