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If you like high growth companies with a history of beating market expectations, this might be an interesting starting point for your own analysis.

Here we report 16 high-growth companies with projected EPS growth rates above 20% for the next five years. These companies also have a history of making quarterly earnings surprises for the last year. (Access a complete analysis of earnings performance here).

We also created a price weighted index of the stocks mentioned below, and monitored the performance of the list relative to the S&P 500 index over the last month. To access a complete analysis of this list's recent performance, click here.
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Do you think these names will continue to beat estimates? Use this list as a starting-off point for your own analysis.

List sorted by average quarterly earnings surprise over the last year.

1. Wynn Resorts Ltd. (NASDAQ:WYNN): Resorts & Casinos Industry. Market cap of $18.32B. Projected EPS over the next five years at 36.30%. Average quarterly earnings surprise over the last year at 45.98%. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.53). The stock has gained 83.76% over the last year.

2. Nucor Corporation (NYSE:NUE): Steel & Iron Industry. Market cap of $13.57B. Projected EPS over the next five years at 65.30%. Average quarterly earnings surprise over the last year at 32.10%.

3. Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ:LULU): Textile Industry. Market cap of $6.97B. Projected EPS over the next five years at 25.29%. Average quarterly earnings surprise over the last year at 29.39%. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.64). The stock has gained 154.34% over the last year.

4. Acme Packet, Inc. (NASDAQ:APKT): Communication Equipment Industry. Market cap of $4.85B. Projected EPS over the next five years at 23.90%. Average quarterly earnings surprise over the last year at 21.26%. The stock has gained 196.35% over the last year.

5. Cameco Corp. (NYSE:CCJ): Industrial Metals & Minerals Industry. Market cap of $10.85B. Projected EPS over the next five years at 36.87%. Average quarterly earnings surprise over the last year at 21.16%. The stock has gained 13.41% over the last year.

6. Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (NYSE:COG): Independent Oil & Gas Industry. Market cap of $5.77B. Projected EPS over the next five years at 32.83%. Average quarterly earnings surprise over the last year at 20.11%. The stock has gained 68.6% over the last year.

7. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): Personal Computers Industry. Market cap of $314.29B. Projected EPS over the next five years at 20.50%. Average quarterly earnings surprise over the last year at 20.10%. The stock has gained 36.86% over the last year.

8. BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE:BWA): Auto Parts Industry. Market cap of $7.76B. Projected EPS over the next five years at 34.10%. Average quarterly earnings surprise over the last year at 19.63%. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 12.31% (equivalent to 8.17 days of average volume). The stock has gained 98.29% over the last year.

9. Alcoa, Inc. (NYSE:AA): Aluminum Industry. Market cap of $17.75B. Projected EPS over the next five years at 36.40%. Average quarterly earnings surprise over the last year at 18.73%. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.07). The stock has gained 42.89% over the last year.

10. Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT): Farm & Construction Machinery Industry. Market cap of $67.85B. Projected EPS over the next five years at 21.20%. Average quarterly earnings surprise over the last year at 17.68%. The stock has gained 74.95% over the last year.

11. Gardner Denver Inc. (NYSE:GDI): Diversified Machinery Industry. Market cap of $4.24B. Projected EPS over the next five years at 21.67%. Average quarterly earnings surprise over the last year at 16.85%. The stock has gained 74.54% over the last year.

12. Ctrip.com International Ltd. (NASDAQ:CTRP): Consumer Services Industry. Market cap of $6.22B. Projected EPS over the next five years at 27.25%. Average quarterly earnings surprise over the last year at 16.11%. It's been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 8.57% over the last week.

13. Range Resources Corporation (NYSE:RRC): Independent Oil & Gas Industry. Market cap of $8.41B. Projected EPS over the next five years at 26.17%. Average quarterly earnings surprise over the last year at 16.01%. The stock has gained 15.46% over the last year.

14. New Oriental Education & Technology Group (NYSE:EDU): Education & Training Services Industry. Market cap of $4.69B. Projected EPS over the next five years at 26.50%. Average quarterly earnings surprise over the last year at 15.87%. The stock has gained 31.9% over the last year.

15. MetroPCS Communications, Inc. (PCS): Wireless Communications Industry. Market cap of $6.71B. Projected EPS over the next five years at 27.60%. Average quarterly earnings surprise over the last year at 15.55%. The stock has had a good month, gaining 16.3%.

16. Mercadolibre, Inc. (NASDAQ:MELI): Business Services Industry. Market cap of $3.88B. Projected EPS over the next five years at 35.40%. Average quarterly earnings surprise over the last year at 15.03%. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 12.94% (equivalent to 5.55 days of average volume). The stock has gained 79.48% over the last year.

*Earnings surprise data sourced from Daily Finance, all other data sourced from Finviz.

Source: 16 High-Growth Companies Surpassing Earnings Estimates