The 15 Best Growth Stocks You Can Buy Right Now in 2017

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At the beginning of a bull market, you can almost choose stocks randomly and find yourself a winner. Now that we are entering the ninth year of the current bull market, growth stocks have appreciated considerably and it's becoming far more challenging to find stocks with real opportunities for appreciation.

Growth companies are still largely outperforming their value counterparts in the United States and the rest of the world largely because of low interest rates, improved corporate earnings and global economic growth. Over the last five years, the S&P 500 Growth Index has returned 14.22% per year. During the same time, the S&P 500 Value Index returned just 12.94%.

Now that the bull market is now nearly a decade old, stocks have become very expensive. Value investors are largely sitting on the sidelines and growth investors are having a hard time figuring out where the remaining growth opportunities exist.

If you are looking for growth stocks in an increasingly small field, we have identified the 10 best growth stocks to buy right now based on their expected earnings growth over the next several years. These companies are all growing rapidly and will likely see double-digit earnings growth next year.

#1 - Apache (NYSE:APA)

2017 EPS Estimate: $0.02
2018 EPS Estimate: $0.35 (+1,650.0%)
Current Price: $39.80
Consensus Rating: Hold
Ratings Breakdown: 2 Buy Ratings, 10 Hold Ratings, 7 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $47.18 (18.5% Upside)

Apache logoApache Corporation is an independent energy company. The Company explores for, develops, and produces natural gas, crude oil and natural gas liquids. The Company’s production segments include: the United States, Egypt and the United Kingdom North Sea. It also pursues exploration interests in Suriname. In North America, the Company has three onshore regions: The Permian region, The Midcontinent/Gulf Coast region. The Permian region located in West Texas and New Mexico includes the Permian sub-basins, the Midland Basin, Central Basin Platform/Northwest Shelf and Delaware Basin. The Midcontinent/Gulf Coast region includes the Granite Wash, Tonkawa, Canyon Lime, Marmaton, and Cleveland formations of the West Anadarko Basin, the Woodford-SCOOP and Stack plays located in Central Oklahoma, and the Eagle Ford shale in South East Texas.

#2 - Mattel (NASDAQ:MAT)

2017 EPS Estimate: $0.04
2018 EPS Estimate: $0.49 (+1,125.0%)
Current Price: $15.59
P/E Ratio: 102.5
Consensus Rating: Hold
Ratings Breakdown: 4 Buy Ratings, 9 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $20.55 (31.8% Upside)

Mattel logoMattel, Inc. manufactures and markets a range of toy products around the world. The Company's segments are North America; International, and American Girl. Its portfolio of brands and products are grouped into approximately four major brand categories, including Mattel Girls & Boys Brands, Fisher-Price Brands, American Girl Brands and Construction and Arts & Crafts Brands. The Mattel Girls & Boys Brands category includes Barbie fashion dolls, Monster High, Disney Classics, Ever After High, Little Mommy, and Polly Pocket, Hot Wheels and Matchbox vehicles and play sets, and CARS, Disney Planes, BOOMco, Toy Story, Max Steel, WWE Wrestling and DC Comics. The Fisher-Price Brands category includes Fisher-Price, Little People, BabyGear, Laugh & Learn, Imaginext, Thomas & Friends, Blaze and The Monster Machines, Shimmer and Shine, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Minnie Mouse, Octonauts, and Power Wheels. The Construction and Arts & Crafts Brands category includes MEGA BLOKS, RoseArt and Board Dudes.

#3 - Everest Re Group (NYSE:RE)

2017 EPS Estimate: $1.71
2018 EPS Estimate: $19.80 (+1,057.9%)
Current Price: $216.92
P/E Ratio: 51.8
Consensus Rating: Hold
Ratings Breakdown: 2 Buy Ratings, 4 Hold Ratings, 1 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $245.14 (13.0% Upside)

Everest Re Group logoEverest Re Group, Ltd., through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the underwriting of reinsurance and insurance in the United States, Bermuda and international markets. The Company operates in segments: U.S. Reinsurance, International, Bermuda and Insurance segment. The Company underwrites reinsurance both through brokers and directly with ceding companies. The Company underwrites insurance principally through general agent relationships, brokers and surplus lines brokers. The Company offers treaty and facultative reinsurance, and admitted and non-admitted insurance. Its products include the range of property and casualty reinsurance, and insurance coverage's, including marine, aviation, surety, errors and omissions liability (E&O), directors' and officers' liability (D&O), medical malpractice, other specialty lines, accident and health (A&H) and workers' compensation. Its subsidiaries include Everest Reinsurance (Bermuda), Ltd. (Bermuda Re) and Everest International Reinsurance, Ltd.

#4 - Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD)

2017 EPS Estimate: $0.02
2018 EPS Estimate: $0.23 (+1,050.0%)
Current Price: $10.11
Consensus Rating: Hold
Ratings Breakdown: 10 Buy Ratings, 13 Hold Ratings, 5 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $14.37 (42.1% Upside)

Advanced Micro Devices logoAdvanced Micro Devices, Inc. is a global semiconductor company. The Company is engaged in offering x86 microprocessors, as standalone devices or as incorporated into an accelerated processing unit (APU), chipsets, discrete graphics processing units (GPUs) and professional graphics, and server and embedded processors and semi-custom System-on-Chip (SoC) products and technology for game consoles. The Company's segments include the Computing and Graphics segment, and the Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment. The Computing and Graphics segment primarily includes desktop and notebook processors and chipsets, discrete GPUs and professional graphics. The Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment primarily includes server and embedded processors, semi-custom SoC products, development services, technology for game consoles and licensing portions of its intellectual property portfolio.

#5 - VEON (NASDAQ:VEON)

2017 EPS Estimate: $0.04
2018 EPS Estimate: $0.35 (+775.0%)
Current Price: $3.92
Consensus Rating: Buy
Ratings Breakdown: 4 Buy Ratings, 2 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $5.45 (39.0% Upside)

VEON logoVEON Ltd., formerly VimpelCom Ltd., is a provider of communications services. The Company operates as personal internet platform. It integrates powerful data analytics and artificial intelligence, with a fresh take on messaging capabilities. It enables its users and communities to connect by voice, text, picture and video through a designed interface.

#6 - Guidewire Software (NYSE:GWRE)

2017 EPS Estimate: $0.06
2018 EPS Estimate: $0.45 (+650.0%)
Current Price: $73.61
P/E Ratio: 183.9
Consensus Rating: Buy
Ratings Breakdown: 7 Buy Ratings, 2 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $79.57 (8.1% Upside)

Guidewire Software logoGuidewire Software, Inc. is a provider of software products for property and casualty (P&C) insurers. The Company's software serves as a technology platform for P&C insurance carriers. The Company's InsurancePlatform consists of three elements: core transaction processing, data management and analytics, and digital engagement. The Company sells its products to a range of global P&C insurance carriers ranging from global insurers to national carriers to regional carriers. The Company's core transaction processing includes Guidewire InsuranceSuite, Guidewire PolicyCenter, Guidewire ClaimCenter, Guidewire BillingCenter and InsuranceSuite Add-on Modules. The Company's data management and analytics includes Guidewire DataHub, Guidewire InfoCenter, Guidewire Live and Guidewire Predictive Analytics. The Company's digital engagement includes Guidewire Digital Portals.

#7 - IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ:IAC)

2017 EPS Estimate: $0.55
2018 EPS Estimate: $3.75 (+581.8%)
Current Price: $120.01
P/E Ratio: 96.8
Consensus Rating: Buy
Ratings Breakdown: 18 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $141.47 (17.9% Upside)

IAC/InterActiveCorp logoIAC/InterActiveCorp (IAC) is a media and Internet company. The Company's brands include HomeAdvisor, Vimeo, Dictionary.com and Match Group's online dating portfolio, which includes Tinder, PlentyOfFish and OkCupid. Its segments include Match Group, HomeAdvisor, Video, Applications and Publishing. Match Group includes the dating and non-dating businesses of Match Group, Inc. HomeAdvisor is a home services digital marketplace that helps connect consumers with home professionals in North America, as well as in France, the Netherlands and Italy under various brands. Its Video consists of Vimeo, Electus, CollegeHumor, Notional, IAC Films and Daily Burn. Applications consists of Consumer, which include its direct-to-consumer downloadable desktop applications, Apalon, which houses its mobile applications and SlimWare, and Partnerships, which includes its business-to-business partnership operations. Publishing consists of Premium Brands business, and Ask & Other business.

#8 - Brighthouse Financial (NASDAQ:BHF)

2017 EPS Estimate: $1.44
2018 EPS Estimate: $8.71 (+504.9%)
Current Price: $59.37
Consensus Rating: Hold
Ratings Breakdown: 1 Buy Ratings, 13 Hold Ratings, 1 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $67.46 (13.6% Upside)

Brighthouse Financial logoBrighthouse Financial, Inc. is a provider of life insurance and annuity products in the United States. The Company offers a range of products and services, which include variable, fixed, index-linked and income annuities, as well as variable, universal, term and whole life products. These products and services are marketed through various third party retail distribution channels in the United States. Fixed income annuities provide a guaranteed monthly income for a specified period of years and/or for the life of the annuitant. The Company operating segments include Annuities, Life and Run-off.

#9 - JD.com (NASDAQ:JD)

2017 EPS Estimate: $0.07
2018 EPS Estimate: $0.41 (+485.7%)
Current Price: $40.80
P/E Ratio: 1,923.0
Consensus Rating: Buy
Ratings Breakdown: 14 Buy Ratings, 3 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $45.81 (12.3% Upside)

JD.com logoJD.com, Inc. is an online direct sales company. The Company engages in the sale of electronics and home appliance products and general merchandise products (including audio, video products and books) sourced from manufacturers, distributors and publishers in China on the Internet through its Website, www.jd.com. It also offers an online marketplace that enables third-party sellers to sell their products to customers on the Company's Website. The Company operates through the provision of a single class of services for accelerating and improving the delivery of its products over the Internet. The Company also offers online and in-person payment options and customer services. The Company operates approximately 210 warehouses with an aggregate gross floor area of approximately four million square meters in over 50 cities. It operates over 5,370 delivery stations and pickup stations in approximately 2,350 counties and districts across China.

#10 - Markel (NYSE:MKL)

2017 EPS Estimate: $5.56
2018 EPS Estimate: $29.41 (+429.0%)
Current Price: $1,120.54
P/E Ratio: 366.7
Consensus Rating: Hold
Ratings Breakdown: 1 Buy Ratings, 2 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $1,066.67 (-4.8% Upside)

Markel logoMarkel Corporation is a financial holding company serving a range of markets. The Company's principal business markets and underwrites specialty insurance products. It monitors and reports its ongoing underwriting operations in three segments: U.S. Insurance, International Insurance and Reinsurance. The Company, through its subsidiary Markel Ventures, Inc. (Markel Ventures), owns interests in various industrial and service businesses that operate outside of the specialty insurance marketplace. The U.S. Insurance segment includes all direct business and facultative placements written by its insurance subsidiaries domiciled in the United States. The International Insurance segment includes all direct business and facultative placements written by its insurance subsidiaries domiciled outside of the United States, including its syndicate at Lloyd's of London (Lloyd's). The Reinsurance segment includes all treaty reinsurance written across the Company.

#11 - Twitter (NYSE:TWTR)

2017 EPS Estimate: $0.02
2018 EPS Estimate: $0.10 (+400.0%)
Current Price: $21.66
Consensus Rating: Hold
Ratings Breakdown: 5 Buy Ratings, 20 Hold Ratings, 11 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $17.44 (-19.5% Upside)

Twitter logoTwitter, Inc. offers products and services for users, advertisers, developers and data partners. The Company's products and services include Twitter, Periscope, Promoted Tweets, Promoted Accounts and Promoted Trends. Its Twitter is a platform for public self-expression and conversation in real time. Periscope broadcasts can also be viewed through Twitter and on desktop or mobile Web browser. Its Promoted Products enable its advertisers to promote their brands, products and services, amplify their visibility and reach, and extend the conversation around their advertising campaigns. Promoted Accounts appear in the same format and place as accounts suggested by its Who to Follow recommendation engine, or in some cases, in Tweets in a user's timeline. Promoted Trends appear at the top of the list of trending topics for an entire day in a particular country or on a global basis. Its MoPub is a mobile-focused advertising exchange. Twitter Audience Platform is an advertising offering.

#12 - Huaneng Power International (NYSE:HNP)

2017 EPS Estimate: $0.87
2018 EPS Estimate: $3.54 (+306.9%)
Current Price: $24.81
P/E Ratio: 36.3
Consensus Rating: Hold
Ratings Breakdown: 3 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 1 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: N/A

Huaneng Power International logoHUANENG POWER INTERNATIONAL,INC. is a China-based company principally engaged in the development, construction, operation and management of power plants. The Company mainly operates through the generation and sale of electric power. The Company also provides supply of heat. The Company operates its business both in domestic market and to overseas market.

#13 - Energen (NYSE:EGN)

2017 EPS Estimate: $0.47
2018 EPS Estimate: $1.74 (+270.2%)
Current Price: $54.55
Consensus Rating: Buy
Ratings Breakdown: 13 Buy Ratings, 11 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $65.57 (20.2% Upside)

Energen logoEnergen Corporation is an oil and natural gas exploration and production company. The Company is engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas properties and natural gas. Its operations are conducted through subsidiary, Energen Resources Corporation and occur within the Midland Basin, the Delaware Basin and the Central Basin Platform areas of the Permian Basin in west Texas and New Mexico. The Company is focused on increasing its oil, natural gas liquids and natural gas production and proved reserves through active development and/or exploratory programs in the Permian Basin. As of December 31, 2016, oil, natural gas liquids and natural gas represented approximately 60%, 20% and 20% of its reserves. As of December 31, 2016, its development activities added approximately 327 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBOE) of reserves from the drilling of 623 gross development, exploratory and service wells and 73 well recompletions and pay-adds.

#14 - YPF Sociedad Anonima (NYSE:YPF)

2017 EPS Estimate: $0.25
2018 EPS Estimate: $0.89 (+256.0%)
Current Price: $21.81
P/E Ratio: 69.4
Consensus Rating: Buy
Ratings Breakdown: 4 Buy Ratings, 0 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $28.00 (28.4% Upside)

YPF Sociedad Anonima logoYPF Sociedad Anonima (YPF) is an energy company. The Company is operating a fully integrated oil and gas chain. The Company operates through the segments, including Exploration and Production, Downstream, and Corporate and Other. The Company's Exploration and Production segment includes exploration and production activities, natural gas and crude oil purchases, sales of natural gas, and to a lesser extent crude oil, to third parties and intersegment sales of crude oil, natural gas and its byproducts. The Company's Downstream segment is engaged in the refining, transport, purchase of crude oil and natural gas from third parties and intersegment sales, and marketing of crude oil, natural gas, refined products, petrochemicals, electric power generation and natural gas distribution. The Company's Corporate and Other segment carries out other activities.

#15 - ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP)

2017 EPS Estimate: $0.54
2018 EPS Estimate: $1.68 (+211.1%)
Current Price: $51.68
P/E Ratio: 2,584.5
Consensus Rating: Buy
Ratings Breakdown: 13 Buy Ratings, 7 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $55.00 (6.4% Upside)

ConocoPhillips logoConocoPhillips is an independent exploration and production company. The Company explores for, produces, transports and markets crude oil, bitumen, natural gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and natural gas liquids. The Company operates through five segments: Alaska, Lower 48, Canada, Europe and North Africa, Asia Pacific and Middle East, and Other International. The Alaska segment explores for, produces, transports and markets crude oil, natural gas liquids, natural gas and LNG. The Lower 48 segment consists of operations located in the United States Lower 48 states and the Gulf of Mexico. Its Canadian operations consists of oil sands developments in the Athabasca Region of northeastern Alberta. The Europe and North Africa segment consists of operations and exploration activities in Norway, the United Kingdom and Libya. The Asia Pacific and Middle East segment has exploration and production operations in China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Australia.







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