Now that talk of a growth stock rally has spread to the pages of The Wall Street Journal, it's time to check in on some of the funds that ought to be benefiting from the shift. This week, our subject is Legg Mason Partners Aggressive Growth.

Manager Richie Freeman doesn't get nearly as much attention as colleague Bill Miller does, but he ought to. His patience is legendary. Freeman has owned shares of Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) and Forest Laboratories (NYSE:FRX) for 23 years. He's more than doubled the return of the S&P 500 in that time.

But Freeman isn't doing as well this year. Morningstar reports that he is losing to the index by more than 2.6 percentage points through early June. (Sob.)

As if that actually matters to Freeman. He and all-star stock pickers like him know that:

How we do it
Of course, not all growth stocks will do. Our weekly hunt is for the next great multibagger. 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 our Motley Fool CAPS investor intelligence database.

Specifically, we're looking for stocks that have earned a five-star rating in CAPS and which are expected to grow their earnings by at least 20% annually over the next five years. 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)




Health Grades (NASDAQ:HGRD)




Anika Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ANIK)




Spartan Motors (NASDAQ:SPAR)








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. But of these five, it's Amerigon that intrigues me most. Amerigon's thermoelectric technology for heating and cooling car seats has proven to be exceedingly popular, and the stock is up more than 90% since it was profiled in this column in November.

What's more, 58 of the 59 All-Stars following Amerigon still love the stock, including Piznit, who writes:

Big time growth projections, and as the Fool loves to point out in good stocks, is in an industry that is obscure and boring ... Has been on a good run since I began watching it, beating out the S&P ... and will continue to do so.

Intrigued? Do your own due diligence and then check in with thousands of other investors at CAPS. And, if you'd like, add your own commentary. You'll be helping your fellow Fools and testing your ideas at the same time. Click here to get started now; the service is 100% free.

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

Fool contributor Tim Beyers, who is ranked 3,458 out of more than 29,700 in CAPS, is a sucker for growth stocks and a regular contributor to Rule Breakers. Tim didn't own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this article at the time of publication. Tim's portfolio holdings can be found at his Fool profile. His thoughts on growth stocks, Foolishness, and investing in general may be found in his blog. The Motley Fool's disclosure policy is your portfolio's competitive advantage.