10 Stocks Shaking the Market

Some stocks are one-hit wonders, making a big splash when they first appear, then quickly fizzling into obscurity or oblivion. But for other stocks, that initial big move is only a preview for even bigger and better gains to come.

Today, we've compiled 10 stocks that made some of the biggest upward moves over the past month. We then paired that list with the ratings issued by our Motley Fool CAPS community. The higher each stock's rating, the greater CAPS members' faith in that company's ability to keep on beating the market.

Stock

30-Day Change^

CAPS Rating
(out of 5)

McMoRan Exploration

88%

*****

Wave Systems

63%

*

McClatchy (NYSE: MNI  )

57%

*

PrivateBancorp (Nasdaq: PVTB  )

55%

***

Bare Escentuals

46%

***

Gray Television (NYSE: GTN  )

42%

**

Eastman Kodak (NYSE: EK  )

40%

*

Talbots (NYSE: TLB  )

38%

*

TASER International (Nasdaq: TASR  )

35%

****

Huntington Bancshares (Nasdaq: HBAN  )

33%

**

^From Dec. 30 to Feb. 1.

As the markets whipsaw to changes in consumer sentiment, there will be weeks like this one, where we see gains that are exceptionally ahead of the pace of the movers and shakers of prior weeks. So before we get shaken out again, let's see why the CAPS community thinks some of these companies might continue to outperform the market.

A mighty temblor
Stun-gun maker TASER rallied at the start of the year as it announced three large orders for its less-than-lethal weapons, which CAPS All-Star member Mickyfin613 realized was just "too fast too soon." While it has pared back those gains in the weeks since, the buzz being generated by its new Protector text monitoring service has investors like CAPS member mac07 wondering if this could be a whole new source of revenue.

I've previously expressed my reservations about TASER branching out into this new, unrelated line of work, even if it's marketing the program under the broad rubric of "family safety." Nevertheless, the program won't begin adding anything to the company's top line until later this year, when the subscription service starts. I think the revenue gain may be incremental at best and investors need to stay focused on its primary police and military business.

Sales to its core customers strengthened considerably in the third quarter and orders from the Brazilian Ministry of Justice and the Philadelphia and Chicago police departments in December indicate that momentum is still growing. TASER says fourth-quarter revenue should rise to approximately $32 million as a result, above the $29 million analysts had been anticipating, and boost full-year revenue 10% over 2008 results.

With no long-term debt, $45 million in cash, and some interesting new business possibilities (the Axon tactical computer, as well as the Protector text monitoring service), TASER is solid financially and poised for future growth.

Some 93% of the more than 1,100 CAPS members rating the stun-gun maker believe it will continue to outperform the market. Head over to the TASER CAPS page and shock us with your view on its future.

Don't bank on it
Huntington Bancshares also enjoyed an early January jolt, rising 33% despite some uneven news throughout the month. The so-called Volcker Rule and the regulatory changes announced by President Obama created unease in the financial sector. But Ben Bernanke's reappointment as Fed chairman and Obama's embrace of Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner at the State of the Union address eased fears in the capital markets that there would be a big shakeup. The CAPS Commercial Banks sector rose nearly 24% over the past month.

However, CAPS member DarthMaul09 doesn't think the good times will last, and believes economic numbers will drive shares down again:

So some investors have bid up banking stocks because they believed a government report that claims that the jobs outlook is improving? How long will this be believed? My guess is that after hours selling will be likely.

Deposit your thoughts on the Huntington Bancshares CAPS page and tell us if you think it will grow with interest.

Shake, rattle, and roll
With these stocks shaking the market this past month it pays to start your own research on them at Motley Fool CAPS. Read a company's financial reports, scrutinize key data and charts, and examine the comments your fellow investors have made, all from a stock's CAPS page.

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Fool contributor Rich Duprey does not have a financial position in any of the stocks mentioned in this article. You can see his holdings here. You can shake, rattle, and roll The Motley Fool's disclosure policy, but it still won't break.


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