No one has perfect foresight, but let's be honest: The market is full of people who, as Oscar Wilde would say, know "the price of everything and the value of nothing." Far too often -- over the past year especially -- investors have been pitched sensational stock recommendations only to be left high and dry as shares crumble.

To hunt down top-recommended stocks that have been rewarding investors accordingly, I summoned our Motley Fool CAPS community to point out a few four- or five-star stocks that have been shootin' for the moon in recent months.

While not formal buy recommendations, these three-month bloomers caught my attention:


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Blowing bubbles
The commodities explosion of last year put a euphoric buzz around companies like Potash and Mosaic (NYSE:MOS) like we hadn't seen since the dot-com bubble. Investors became enamored with their prospects. The companies could do no wrong. Their potential was infinite. Claiming the stocks were overhyped was looked at like cursing at your grandmother.

But like every other bubble in history, it ended. Badly. Both companies crashed, falling over 50% in a matter of months.

And you know what? Good riddance. They were both grossly overvalued to being with.

But also just like every bubble, the correction was overdone. Potash and Mosaic went from the aura of infinite opportunities, to virtually left for dead. The irrationality of bubbles bursting is often just as powerful as the irrationality of bubbles forming -- which can be a wonderful opportunity for bargain-hunting investors.

And it has been. Both stocks have been on a tear lately, fueled by both a realization that their valuations were way out of whack, and a belief that the Federal Reserve's campaign to reinflate the economy will eventually work in a big way, igniting a resurgence in commodity prices.

So is the rally done? With Potash trading at roughly 13 times forward earnings estimates, you'd be hard-pressed to claim shares are necessarily overvalued. This is especially true when you consider the robustness and long-term viability of something like fertilizer. Here's how CAPS member walt373 put it late last year:

You can stop buying metals in a recession but you will always need potash. Even though grain prices have dropped, farmers will still farm and it remains economical to boost their crop yields using fertilizer. 

Long term outlook is simply amazing as potash and grains supply will remain tight in the foreseeable future and the world's population continues to increase exponentially. Also consider the multiplicative effect of rapidly increasing meat consumption in developing countries like China, since each pound of meat requires many pounds of grains to produce.

PotashCorp also owns 22% of the world's supply of potash, giving them some serious pricing power and a huge moat. They also have a very solid track record and excellent managerial practices.

So while the biggest moves are probably behind this company, shares are still valued reasonably for long-term investors. Of over 5,500 CAPS investors who've rated Potash, 4,400 of them tag this stock as an outperform.

You take it from here
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Fool contributor Morgan Housel doesn't own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this article. Intuitive Surgical is a Motley Fool Rule Breakers pick. Walt Disney is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor recommendation. Walt Disney is a Motley Fool Inside Value selection. Volcom is a Motley Fool Hidden Gems recommendation. The Fool has a disclosure policy.