Are you really a growth investor?

It's worth asking. Even though talk of a growth-stock rally has spread to the pages of The Wall Street Journal, investing in fast movers can be a stomach-churning experience.

This morning offers a good example. A new report showing that pending home sales hit a six-year low sent real estate stocks reeling. Yet unrelated tech shares also paid a price.

Witness wireless security specialist SourceFire (NASDAQ:FIRE), which was down more than 10% on no news whatsoever. Surprised? Don't be. Market panics occur daily. That's why all-star investors bet on growth over the very long term. They know that:

  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
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:

Company

No. of CAPS Ratings

Bullish CAPS Ratings

5-Year Growth Estimate

Aegean Marine Petroleum (NYSE:ANW)

117

112

42.0%

Tutogen Medical (AMEX:TTG)

49

47

40.0%

Silicon Motion (NASDAQ:SIMO)

365

355

25.0%

Applix (NASDAQ:APLX)

302

296

24.0%

Cal Dive Int'l (NYSE:DVR)

233

231

20.0%

Sources: 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.

Of these five, you'd think that Applix, a stock I recommended to our Rule Breakers subscribers and which I own, would be my top choice. It's not; Silicon Motion is.

Why? Applix today agreed to be acquired by business intelligence peer Cognos (NASDAQ:COGN) for an outrageously cheap $17.87 a share. Silicon Motion, on the other hand, remains a free-swinging small-cap stock with a cash-rich balance sheet and a mouthwatering 0.60 PEG ratio.

Plus, it's a good business. Here's how CAPS All-Star CaptBeer describes it:

... Products include controllers used in mobile storage media, such as flash memory cards and universal serial bus (USB) flash drives, and multimedia systems-on-a-chip (SoCs) used in digital media devices such as Moving Picture Experts Group Layer-3 Audio (MP3) players, personal computer (PC) cameras, PC notebooks and broadband multimedia phones.

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

Tim Beyers, ranked 9,493 out of more than 60,000 participants in CAPS, is a regular contributor to Fool.com and Rule Breakers. Tim owned shares of Applix at the time of publication. Find Tim's portfolio here and his latest blog commentary here. The Motley Fool's disclosure policy is your portfolio's competitive advantage.