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.

Think of wireless specialist NII Holdings (NASDAQ:NIHD), which fell more than 6% yesterday 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:


No. of CAPS Ratings

Bullish CAPS Ratings

5-Year Growth Estimate

Continental Resources (NYSE:CLR)




Cognizant Technology (NASDAQ:CTSH)




Orthofix Int'l (NASDAQ:OFIX)




InterDigital (NASDAQ:IDCC)




Website Pros (NASDAQ:WSPI)




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. But, of these five, it's oil and gas explorer Continental that interests me most.

That's not an easy thing to say. Yesterday Continental reported lower earnings on higher revenue. A $7.8 million loss related to the value of crude oil futures was partly to blame. But higher costs were also at issue: gross margin fell to 79.8% from 82.7% last year.

Even so, Continental's management has a history of producing returns on capital in excess of 25% -- a remarkable number in any market and well above peers Abraxas Petroleum and Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK), which is a Motley Fool Inside Value pick. Mix in a positively microscopic 0.18 PEG ratio and I get very interested.

And I'm not alone. Here's how CAPS All-Star HatchingPlans pitched the stock in August:

I don't like the oil sector anymore, but I do like the solid fundamentals here. As the market starts to recover, stable high-growth companies like this one will outperform like crazy and get on their feet first. [Continental] has a lot of room to grow.

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

Tim Beyers, who is ranked 12,398 out of more than 73,000 participants in CAPS, is a regular contributor to and Rule Breakers. Tim didn't own shares in any of the stocks mentioned in this article at the time of publication. Find Tim's portfolio here and his latest blog commentary here. Chesapeake Energy is an Inside Value recommendation and InterDigital Communications is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor recommendation. The Motley Fool's disclosure policy is your portfolio's competitive advantage.