1. Apple (AAPL)
Composite Rating: 99*. Stock fell 14% in four days on talk that the company will cut production of iPods and iPhones, implying weak demand. But the stock found support at its 10-week moving average. And, on the whole, mutual fund ownership continues to rise. 3-year EPS growth rate: 9%.
2. BG Group (BRG)
Composite Rating: 96. The U.K.-based oil and gas giant bounced back from two straight quarters of shrinking earnings with a 40% surge in the second quarter. And the stock just managed to reclaim its crucial 10-week moving average, after a plunge on heavy volume in late July. 3-year EPS growth rate: 39%.
3. Celgene (CELG)
Composite Rating: 94. The developer of cancer and other therapies boasts five straight quarters of triple-digit profit growth. Sales have surged in a range of 61% to 89% the past four periods. And margins have widened from the low-20s to the low-30s. 3-year EPS growth rate: 93%.
4. China Mobile (CHL)
Composite Rating: 98. The wireless company is based in Hong Kong but offers service across the mainland. A late July decline came on high volume, but the stock’s retreat from record highs hasn’t even touched its 10-week moving average. 3-year EPS growth rate: 28%.
5. Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (FCX)
Composite Rating: 99. The copper, gold and silver producer saw earnings dip 10% in the fourth quarter of 2006 from its year-ago comparison. But results bounced back the following two periods to gains of 95% and 104%. Sales gains slowed to 10% in that weak Q4, and have since soared 112% and 307%. Mutual fund ownership surged to 564 funds in the most recent period from 422 a year earlier 3-year EPS growth rate: 165%.
6. Google (GOOG)
Composite Rating: 94. The Internet search giant’s most recent earnings disappointed Wall Street, and the stock suffered. Earnings growth in the past three quarters slowed from 106% to 61% to 43 3-year EPS growth rate: 95%.
7. Mobile TeleSystems (MBT)
Composite Rating: 98. The Russia-based provider of wireless services also reaches a number of former Soviet republics. Sales gains have picked up to the 30s the past four quarters from a previous stretch in the 20s. Profit swelled 156% in the recent report, its best result in several years. 3-year EPS growth rate: 21%.
8. National Oilwell Varco (NOV)
Composite Rating: 99. The Houston-based equipment maker for the oil and gas industry beat views by 25 cents when it reported $1.79 a share in its recent report. The company’s profit has soared in triple digits for three straight quarters. Views for the current period are for an 87% gain. 3-year EPS growth rate: 82%.
9. Oracle (ORCL)
Composite Rating: 95. Stock fell 10%, intraday best to worst, in six straight sessions before snapping back Wednesday. Still, Oracle hasn’t quite regained its 10-week moving average. 3-year EPS growth rate: 25%.
10. Southern Copper (PCU)
Composite Rating: 99. The operator of copper mines and refineries in Peru and Mexico missed views by 3% in report issued last month. Still, the recent quarter’s 66% profit gain was best result in seven quarters. 3-year EPS growth rate: 55%.