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Money lost is money that is hard to recoup. Conservative growth investors like Martin Zweig, co-founder of the Zweig-DiMenna Partners fund, know this better than most and use this premise as a basis for investing. Zweig in particular looks for companies with a P/E ratio of at least 5 on the low side. At the upper end, Zweig prefers companies that have P/E ratios that are no higher than 43, or 3 times the market's current P/E, whichever is lower. This strategy works best for investors that are looking for high potential growth but do not want to pay premium prices.

The stocks on this list fit that bill. They also have earnings that are growing faster than they were a year ago.

Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG) is a $17.86 billion market cap medical appliances and equipment company. The company has an estimated 59.68% EPS growth this year, with a quarter over quarter EPS growth of 42.75%. ISRG is currently priced at 32.33 times its forward earnings. It recently traded at $458.13 a share. Anand Parekh's Alyeska Investment Group had a significant stake in ISRG at the end of the third quarter.

Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS) is a credit services company with a $14.47 billion market cap. The company has an estimated 233.17% EPS growth this year, with a quarter over quarter EPS growth of 52.65%. DFS is currently priced at 7.88 times its forward earnings. It recently traded at $26.33 a share. Donald Chiboucis' Columbus Circle Investors had $144.39 million in DFS at the end of September after increasing its position in the company by +85% during the third quarter.

Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE:ICE) is a diversified investments company with a $8.35 billion market cap. The company has an estimated 25.40% EPS growth this year, with a quarter over quarter EPS growth of 38.84%. ICE is currently priced at 14.93 times its forward earnings. It recently traded at $114.94 a share. Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson's Adage Capital Management had $11.92 million in ICE at the end of the third quarter.

Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:QSII) is a $2.19 billion market cap healthcare information services company. The company has an estimated 25.93% EPS growth this year, with a quarter over quarter EPS growth of 50.42%. QSII is currently priced at 21.39 times its forward earnings. It recently traded at $37.21 a share. Jacob Gottlieb's Visium Asset Management had $10.48 million invested in QSII at the end of the third quarter.

SolarWinds (NYSE:SWI) is an application software company with a $2.13 billion market cap. The company has an estimated 18.26% EPS growth this year, with a quarter over quarter EPS growth of 67.31%. SWI is currently priced at 26.03 times its forward earnings. It recently traded at $29.15 a share. Stephen Mandel's Lone Pine Capital had $82.93 million invested in SWI at the end of September after raising its holding in the company by +98% during the third quarter.

Cash America International (NYSE:CSH) is a $1.32 billion market cap credit services company. The company has an estimated 15.65% EPS growth this year, with a quarter over quarter EPS growth of 19.94%. CSH is currently priced at 8.81 times its forward earnings. It recently traded at $45.01 a share. Jim Simons' Renaissance Technologies had $26.85 million in CSH at the end of September after upping its stake in the company by +164% during the third quarter.

Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ:BWLD) is a restaurant chain with a $1.23 billion market cap. The company has an estimated 24.56% EPS growth this year, with a quarter over quarter EPS growth of 30.57%. BWLD is currently priced at 20.73 times its forward earnings. It recently traded at $66.97 a share. Chuck Royce's Royce & Associates initiated a $13.69 million position in BWLD during the third quarter.

Source: 7 Picks For Conservative Growth Investors