When USA TODAY recently asked investment pros where they'd want to invest money in 2007, opinions varied. But Robert Smith, manager of T. Rowe Price Growth StockFund, still likes fast movers. "Large growth stocks are cheaper than most sectors," Smith said.

(Smith's fund was selected by Shannon Zimmerman for our Champion Funds service in March 2004 and has beaten its benchmark by more than 6% since.)

And Smith is hardly alone in his assessment. Researchers point to data that says growth stocks are due for a massive rally. But growth should always occupy at least a portion of your portfolio for three very good reasons:

1. Businesses that make investors billions always begin as growth stocks.
2. The best of them feature massive and identifiable competitive advantages.
3. Growth as a strategy has the capacity to deliver 20% or greater annual returns for decades at a time.

How we do it
Not all growth stocks will suffice. Our weekly hunt is for the next great multibagger -- think of Bankrate (NASDAQ:RATE) or J2 Global Communications (NASDAQ:JCOM). But unlike David Gardner and his team at Motley Fool Rule Breakers, who scour everything from financial statements to trade magazines to clinical reports in their research, we're going to rely on the Motley Fool CAPS community-intelligence database.

Specifically, we're looking for stocks that are expected to grow earnings by an average of at least 20% annually over the next five years and which have earned a five-star rating in CAPS. Five-star stocks are those that the community, on the whole, believes will outperform the S&P 500.

Let's have the list
Now, with that preamble behind us, here are five more top growth stocks:


No. of CAPS ratings

Bullish CAPS ratings

5-year growth est.

Amerigon (NASDAQ:ARGN)








The9 Limited (NASDAQ:NCTY)








NightHawk Rad. (NASDAQ:NHWK)




Source: Motley Fool CAPS, Yahoo! Finance

Bear in mind that this isn't a list of recommendations. Instead, I offer these stocks as candidates for further research. Among the list, online gaming administrator The9 interests me most, which is weird because I'm not a video gamer. Nevertheless, I get the appeal of video games and I know there's a growing market for them -- especially in China.

CAPS all-star PicsouFool best explains the thesis: "World of Warcraft, Guild War, Hellgate London ... The9 is no longer a one trick pony, but a serious player and soon leader in the gaming industry in China."

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See you back here next week for five more top growth stocks.

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Fool contributor Tim Beyers, ranked 1,073 out of 17,868 in Motley Fool CAPS, is a sucker for growth stocks and a regular contributor to David's Motley Fool Rule Breakers service. Tim didn't own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this story at the time of publication. Get the skinny on all of the stocks in Tim's portfolio by checking his Fool profile. The Motley Fool's disclosure policy is your portfolio's competitive advantage.