10 Fastest-Growing Large-Cap Stocks in the U.S. Include Facebook and Adobe

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Investing in stocks is among the best ways to grow your investment portfolio over time. Between 1928 and 2014, stocks returned an average of roughly 11.53 percent annually, according to data from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

Stocks with a history of exhibiting strong growth over time also might be a good investment, although it is important to note that past performance does not guarantee future success.

Many people looking for investments with a history of solid returns look to large-cap stocks. A large-cap stock has a large market capitalization, which is simply the market value of a company’s outstanding shares. It is measured as the share price times the number of shares outstanding.

Companies with large market capitalizations tend to be a little bit safer on average than stocks with smaller market capitalizations. In addition, large-cap stocks can be easier to buy and sell, which might help prevent liquidity issues for investors down the road.

Following are the 10 fastest-growing large-cap companies listed on U.S. exchanges, with at least 10 percent growth in both earnings and revenue for both 2014 and 2015. All the companies in this list have a market capitalization of $10 billion or more.

All historical data is based on U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings for each firm as reported on EDGAR, an online public database. Forecast data comes from Bloomberg’s professional terminal service.

Stocks are ranked based on current fiscal year revenue growth rate. All 52-week returns and price-to-earnings (P/E) ratios are through November 2.

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1. Twitter (TWTR)

Overview: Twitter is a global social media platform used for expression and real-time conversation through tweets. The company offers products and services that can be used by everyone from individual users and advertisers to developers and business partners.

Twitter is the company that stock bulls sometimes call the next Facebook. While Twitter still has a much smaller market capitalization than Facebook, there is no doubt that the company is growing fast and starting to catch up.

  • Current Fiscal Year Earnings Per Share Growth Rate: 150%
  • Next Fiscal Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate: 68.57%
  • Current Fiscal Year Revenue Growth Rate: 58.33%
  • Next Fiscal Year Projected Revenue Growth Rate: 41.81%
  • P/E Ratio: n/a
  • 52-Week Stock Return: -26%

2. Alibaba (BABA)

Overview: The Chinese answer to Amazon, Alibaba is growing rapidly and starting to expand outside of China. The stock is now listed in the U.S. and is quickly becoming one of the dominant online and mobile commerce platforms.

According to the company, Alibaba’s retail marketplaces and services include three online retail sites aimed at the Chinese market — Taobao, Tmall and Juhuasuan — and AliExpress, a global consumer marketplace targeting consumers around the world.

Wholesale marketplaces operated by the company include 1688.com and Alibaba.com, the online business-to-business marketplace that focuses on global trade among businesses from around the world.

  • Current Fiscal Year Earnings Per Share Growth Rate: 37.15%
  • Next Fiscal Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate: 28.39%
  • Current Fiscal Year Revenue Growth Rate: 44.62%
  • Next Fiscal Year Projected Revenue Growth Rate: 30.16%
  • P/E Ratio: 30.7x
  • 52-Week Stock Return: -16%

3. Regeneron (REGN)

Overview: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals is one of a new breed of pharmaceutical companies taking the market by storm and growing revenues and profits much faster than its older, more mature competitors, such as Pfizer and Merck.

Regeneron has found particular success developing medicines for conditions such as eye diseases and colorectal cancer. The company has 17 product candidates in clinical development.

  • Current Fiscal Year Earnings Per Share Growth Rate: 23.8%
  • Next Fiscal Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate: 22.13%
  • Current Fiscal Year Revenue Growth Rate: 43.67%
  • Next Fiscal Year Projected Revenue Growth Rate: 19.97%
  • P/E Ratio: 139.4x
  • 52-Week Stock Return: +45%

4. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH)

Overview: Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is one of three dominant players in the global cruise line marketplace. The firm is smaller than peers Royal Caribbean and Carnival, but it is growing faster and operates cruise lines under the Norwegian, Oceania and Regent brands.

According to the company, Norwegian’s 13 ships cater to guests “who prefer to dine when they want, with whomever they want, and without having to dress formally.” The Oceania and Regent brands offer a luxury cruise experience.

  • Current Fiscal Year Earnings Per Share Growth Rate: 27.31%
  • Next Fiscal Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate: 34.6%
  • Current Fiscal Year Revenue Growth Rate: 40.3%
  • Next Fiscal Year Projected Revenue Growth Rate: 15.37%
  • P/E Ratio: 23.2x
  • 52-Week Stock Return: +63%

5. Palo Alto Networks (PANW)

Overview: Palo Alto Networks is a next-generation security company that is growing rapidly thanks to big interest from governments and private companies trying to protect against cyberthreats and hacking.

  • Current Fiscal Year Earnings Per Share Growth Rate: 98.84%
  • Next Fiscal Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate: 53.22%
  • Current Fiscal Year Revenue Growth Rate: 39.79%
  • Next Fiscal Year Projected Revenue Growth Rate: 31.28%
  • P/E Ratio: n/a
  • 52-Week Stock Return: +55%

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6. Facebook (FB)

Overview: Facebook might not have been the first social network, but it is the company that popularized the concept across the world and made social networking a mainstay of the modern internet era.

Since going public, the company has dramatically improved its business model, and profits have gone through the roof as a result. The firm’s products include Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp.

  • Current Fiscal Year Earnings Per Share Growth Rate: 16.95%
  • Next Fiscal Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate: 32.85%
  • Current Fiscal Year Revenue Growth Rate: 38.02%
  • Next Fiscal Year Projected Revenue Growth Rate: 35.7%
  • P/E Ratio: 107.1x
  • 52-Week Stock Return: +41%

7. Perrigo (PRGO)

Overview: Perrigo is a global business specializing in over-the-counter consumer goods and specialty pharmaceutical products. The company manufactures a diversified portfolio of products, from OTC health care products and infant formulas to generic extended creams and ointments for skincare.

  • Current Fiscal Year Earnings Per Share Growth Rate: 21.28%
  • Next Fiscal Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate: 19.35%
  • Current Fiscal Year Revenue Growth Rate: 32.96%
  • Next Fiscal Year Projected Revenue Growth Rate: 16.22%
  • P/E Ratio: 129.8x
  • 52-Week Stock Return: -1%

8. Celgene (CELG)

Overview: Like Regeneron, Celgene is an integrated biopharmaceutical company. Celgene is at the forefront of modern medicine, focusing particularly on therapies for the treatment of cancer and inflammatory diseases through gene and protein regulation.

These product areas are helping to drive revenue and profitability numbers dramatically higher for the company.

  • Current Fiscal Year Earnings Per Share Growth Rate: 29.65%
  • Next Fiscal Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate: 23.7%
  • Current Fiscal Year Revenue Growth Rate: 21.08%
  • Next Fiscal Year Projected Revenue Growth Rate: 21.43%
  • P/E Ratio: 47.3x
  • 52-Week Stock Return: +19%

9. Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance (ULTA)

Overview: Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance is a beauty retailer offering more than 20,000 prestige and mass beauty products through 774 stores in 47 states. Ulta is capitalizing on the trend toward specialized makeup and beauty products that offer luxury at an affordable price.

  • Current Fiscal Year Earnings Per Share Growth Rate: 19.1%
  • Next Fiscal Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate: 18.78%
  • Current Fiscal Year Revenue Growth Rate: 18.53%
  • Next Fiscal Year Projected Revenue Growth Rate: 15.7%
  • P/E Ratio: 38.9x
  • 52-Week Stock Return: +43%

10. Adobe Systems (ADBE)

Overview: Adobe Systems is a software company offering a variety of products, including the ubiquitous Adobe Acrobat Reader. The company focuses on three segments: digital marketing, digital media, and print and publishing.

Adobe has moved to upend its business model in recent years and embrace the trend toward cloud computing. While this led to a short-term hit in the stock and the firm’s earnings growth rate, revenues and earnings are now growing rapidly.

  • Current Fiscal Year Earnings Per Share Growth Rate: 60.47%
  • Next Fiscal Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate: 34.78%
  • Current Fiscal Year Revenue Growth Rate: 15.61%
  • Next Fiscal Year Projected Revenue Growth Rate: 20.05%
  • P/E Ratio: 90.2x
  • 52-Week Stock Return: +29%

Not every stock on this list is going to go up in value right away. In fact, there is no way to know which individual stocks are going to be the best investments.

But a company that has seen a high level of earnings and revenue growth over time frequently continues to be a good investment in the future. So, it is worth any investor’s time to keep track of these companies.

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