The following is a list of high growth stocks, based on projected EPS growth over the next give years. In addition, all of these stocks have historically been more profitable than their competitors, based on the 5-year average gross and net profit margins.

This list might present an interesting starting point for a growth investor. Full details below.

Profitability data sourced from Reuters, EPS and short float data sourced from Finviz.

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The list has been sorted by projected EPS growth.

* 1. Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ:BIDU)*: Internet Information Providers Industry. Market cap of $37.9B. EPS projected to grow by 59.75% over the next five years. 5-year average gross margin at 64.18% vs. industry average at 44.03%. 5-year average net profit margin at 33.25% vs. industry average at 16.56%. Short float at 3.31%, which implies a short ratio of 0.89 days. The stock has gained 151.56% over the last year.

* 2. Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT):* Conglomerates Industry. Market cap of $5.81B. EPS projected to grow by 52.% over the next five years. 5-year average gross margin at 23.43% vs. industry average at 13.45%. 5-year average net profit margin at 4.02% vs. industry average at 2.94%. Short float at 9.31%, which implies a short ratio of 5.88 days. The stock has gained 7.2% over the last year.

* 3. Methanex Corp. (NASDAQ:MEOH):* Specialty Chemicals Industry. Market cap of $2.62B. EPS projected to grow by 46.% over the next five years. 5-year average gross margin at 25.24% vs. industry average at 18.7%. 5-year average net profit margin at 12.49% vs. industry average at 6.61%. Short float at 0.51%, which implies a short ratio of 1.42 days. The stock has gained 61.12% over the last year.

* 4. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (NASDAQ:GMCR):* Processed & Packaged Goods Industry. Market cap of $4.14B. EPS projected to grow by 37.37% over the next five years. 5-year average gross margin at 34.29% vs. industry average at 31.12%. 5-year average net profit margin at 5.41% vs. industry average at 5.29%. Short float at 22.88%, which implies a short ratio of 6.17 days. The stock has gained 37.51% over the last year.

* 5. Southern Copper Corp. (NYSE:SCCO):* Copper Industry. Market cap of $37.15B. EPS projected to grow by 33.37% over the next five years. 5-year average gross margin at 59.61% vs. industry average at 36.78%. 5-year average net profit margin at 33.18% vs. industry average at 13.99%. Short float at 3.92%, which implies a short ratio of 3.14 days. The stock has gained 32.99% over the last year.

* 6. Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A):* Scientific & Technical Instruments Industry. Market cap of $12.54B. EPS projected to grow by 31.7% over the next five years. 5-year average gross margin at 53.83% vs. industry average at 31.78%. 5-year average net profit margin at 9.43% vs. industry average at 6.89%. Short float at 1.68%, which implies a short ratio of 1.77 days. The stock has gained 26.53% over the last year.

* 7. Harman International Industries Inc. (NYSE:HAR):* Electronic Equipment Industry. Market cap of $2.81B. EPS projected to grow by 30.00% over the next five years. 5-year average gross margin at 29.09% vs. industry average at 22.48%. 5-year average net profit margin at 1.64% vs. industry average at 1.61%. Short float at 1.27%, which implies a short ratio of 1.09 days. The stock has gained 6.8% over the last year.

* 8. Lam Research Corporation (NASDAQ:LRCX):* Semiconductor Equipment & Materials Industry. Market cap of $5.52B. EPS projected to grow by 28.5% over the next five years. 5-year average gross margin at 46.95% vs. industry average at 33.51%. 5-year average net profit margin at 15.15% vs. industry average at 4.92%. Short float at 3.67%, which implies a short ratio of 1.79 days. The stock has gained 26.22% over the last year.

* 9. Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV):* Regional Airlines Industry. Market cap of $10.09B. EPS projected to grow by 28.5% over the next five years. 5-year average gross margin at 23.89% vs. industry average at 20.46%. 5-year average net profit margin at 3.98% vs. industry average at -0.51%. Short float at 2.59%, which implies a short ratio of 3.22 days. The stock has gained 47.81% over the last year.

* 10. Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ:LULU): *Apparel Clothing Industry. Market cap of $3.31B. EPS projected to grow by 26.88% over the next five years. 5-year average gross margin at 50.88% vs. industry average at 39.09%. 5-year average net profit margin at 10.72% vs. industry average at 6.14%. Short float at 19.61%, which implies a short ratio of 7.96 days. The stock has gained 72.2% over the last year.

* 11. Broadcom Corp. (BRCM):* Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $21.04B. EPS projected to grow by 26.31% over the next five years. 5-year average gross margin at 51.62% vs. industry average at 22.98%. 5-year average net profit margin at 6.43% vs. industry average at -0.87%. Short float at 3.01%, which implies a short ratio of 1.41 days. The stock has gained 43.38% over the last year.

* 12. Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISRG):* Medical Appliances & Equipment Industry. Market cap of $10.54B. EPS projected to grow by 26.19% over the next five years. 5-year average gross margin at 69.93% vs. industry average at 47.49%. 5-year average net profit margin at 23.9% vs. industry average at 7.21%. Short float at 7.46%, which implies a short ratio of 4.44 days. The stock has lost -2.3% over the last year.

* 13. New Oriental Education & Technology Group (NYSE:EDU):* Education & Training Services Industry. Market cap of $4.12B. EPS projected to grow by 26.14% over the next five years. 5-year average gross margin at 61.16% vs. industry average at 58.64%. 5-year average net profit margin at 19.83% vs. industry average at 10.15%. Short float at 4.17%, which implies a short ratio of 3.72 days. The stock has gained 46.96% over the last year.

* 14. WebMD Health Corp. (NASDAQ:WBMD):* Internet Information Providers Industry. Market cap of $3.06B. EPS projected to grow by 25.% over the next five years. 5-year average gross margin at 62.29% vs. industry average at 44.03%. 5-year average net profit margin at 35.98% vs. industry average at 16.56%. Short float at 3.82%, which implies a short ratio of 7.98 days. The stock has gained 43.83% over the last year.

* 15. Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (NYSE:SID):* Steel & Iron Industry. Market cap of $25.79B. EPS projected to grow by 25.% over the next five years. 5-year average gross margin at 44.07% vs. industry average at 35.92%. 5-year average net profit margin at 23.93% vs. industry average at 15.46%. Short float at 2%, which implies a short ratio of 3.35 days. The stock has gained 1.07% over the last year.

* 16. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (NYSE:HMC):* Auto Manufacturer. Market cap of $65.87B. EPS projected to grow by 24.6% over the next five years. 5-year average gross margin at 27.79% vs. industry average at 21.65%. 5-year average net profit margin at 3.43% vs. industry average at 3.27%. Short float at 0.05%, which implies a short ratio of 1.59 days. The stock has gained 13.58% over the last year.

* 17. Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV (NYSE:PHG): *Electronic Equipment Industry. Market cap of $28.78B. EPS projected to grow by 23.5% over the next five years. 5-year average gross margin at 32.67% vs. industry average at 22.48%. 5-year average net profit margin at 5.11% vs. industry average at 1.61%. Short float at 0.08%, which implies a short ratio of 0.65 days. The stock has gained 14.71% over the last year.

* 18. Southwestern Energy Co. (NYSE:SWN):* Independent Oil & Gas Industry. Market cap of $13.18B. EPS projected to grow by 22.75% over the next five years. 5-year average gross margin at 62.79% vs. industry average at 36.39%. 5-year average net profit margin at 14.92% vs. industry average at 13.03%. Short float at 2.73%, which implies a short ratio of 2.06 days. The stock has lost -10.12% over the last year.

* 19. First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR):* Solar Industry. Market cap of $11.97B. EPS projected to grow by 22.14% over the next five years. 5-year average gross margin at 49.18% vs. industry average at 30.18%. 5-year average net profit margin at 28.61% vs. industry average at -13.08%. Short float at 21.37%, which implies a short ratio of 7.57 days. The stock has gained 18.06% over the last year.

* 20. Discovery Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:DISCA):* CATV Systems Industry. Market cap of $11.44B. EPS projected to grow by 21.97% over the next five years. 5-year average gross margin at 61.32% vs. industry average at 53.85%. 5-year average net profit margin at 14.5% vs. industry average at 6.01%. Short float at 8.13%, which implies a short ratio of 13.5 days. The stock has gained 31.64% over the last year.

* 21. Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ):* Photographic Equipment & Supplies Industry. Market cap of $58.81B. EPS projected to grow by 21.7% over the next five years. 5-year average gross margin at 48.19% vs. industry average at 44.57%. 5-year average net profit margin at 9.29% vs. industry average at 6.12%. Short float at 0.07%, which implies a short ratio of 2.6 days. The stock has gained 25.59% over the last year.

* 22. Edwards Lifesciences Corp. (NYSE:EW):* Medical Appliances & Equipment Industry. Market cap of $7.52B. EPS projected to grow by 21.07% over the next five years. 5-year average gross margin at 65.79% vs. industry average at 47.49%. 5-year average net profit margin at 11.98% vs. industry average at 7.21%. Short float at 2.6%, which implies a short ratio of 2.91 days. The stock has gained 63.29% over the last year.

* 23. Mindray Medical International Limited (NYSE:MR):* Medical Instruments & Supplies Industry. Market cap of $2.97B. EPS projected to grow by 20.98% over the next five years. 5-year average gross margin at 54.92% vs. industry average at 47.49%. 5-year average net profit margin at 22.21% vs. industry average at 7.21%. Short float at 19.77%, which implies a short ratio of 17.21 days. The stock has lost -9.93% over the last year.

** 24. Under Armour, Inc. (NYSE:UA):** Apparel Clothing Industry. Market cap of $2.54B. EPS projected to grow by 20.5% over the next five years. 5-year average gross margin at 49.12% vs. industry average at 39.09%. 5-year average net profit margin at 6.77% vs. industry average at 6.14%. Short float at 15.74%, which implies a short ratio of 7.53 days. The stock has gained 78.62% over the last year.

* 25. Siemens AG (SI):* Telecom Services Industry. Market cap of $100.48B. EPS projected to grow by 20.37% over the next five years. 5-year average gross margin at 27.56% vs. industry average at 13.45%. 5-year average net profit margin at 4.06% vs. industry average at 2.94%. Short float at 0.09%, which implies a short ratio of 0.93 days. The stock has gained 24.32% over the last year.

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