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'll then pair 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.


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VirnetX Holding (NYSE:VHC)



Cytori Therapeutics



Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE:AMD)



China Marine Food Group






A-Power Energy Generation Systems (NASDAQ:APWR)



Caraco Pharmaceutical Labs



Liberty Starz Group



China Green Agriculture



30-Day % change from Oct. 16 to Nov. 16.

As the markets whipsaw to changes in consumer sentiment, there will be weeks like this one, in which 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
And the good news just keeps on coming for Advanced Micro Devices. Just last week, we noted how the chipmaker was vindicated by the antitrust settlement with Intel (NASDAQ:INTC). Now the company's archrival says it's beating a not-so-hasty retreat from the graphics chip market by putting its Larrabee platform on indefinite hold, leaving the field wide open for AMD and NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA).

CAPS member 03civex believes the settlement agreement provides AMD with much-needed cash, while fitpro42 looks to technological advances to keep the chipmaker in the forefront: "The Internet is the future. No matter how the rest of the economy is doing, the Internet will keep growing!"

Still feeling the aftershocks
While the U.S. sometimes likes to paint itself as the victim of unfair business practices from global trading partners, if you look at the recent Chevy Volt plant that was opened in Michigan, you find one-third of it was subsidized by Detroit's local government in the form of tax abatements. And let's not forget the huge cash infusions the government gave the company just to stay afloat. Yet government underwriting of private enterprise can lead to aberrations and unintended consequences. It's like squeezing a balloon -- you push in on one side, and the other pops out.

My Foolish colleague Toby Shute thinks that's just what's happening with Chinese wind turbine company A-Power Energy Generation Systems, which -- because of government subsidies -- is engaging in "empire building." It's purchasing a Japanese thin-film solar panel equipment manufacturer as well as constructing an offshore LNG facility.

Yet CAPS member MoneyWorksforMe thinks the diversification opens the company up to additional revenue streams, though it may take some time before they're realized:

I like this companies prospects going forward; it has recently taken on several promising endeavors, but these new contracts, ventures and proposed plants will take some time to manifest themselves in the form of revenue. One of my greatest concerns is with the future of their wind segment. The Chinese wind market is currently dominated by Vestas and [American Superconductor]. [American Superconductor] has been making a tear in China, supplying the "guts" to Vestas. But [A-Power Energy Generation Systems] has the support of the Chinese government, so I suppose the competitive advantages may offset.

You have the power to topple kings on CAPS. Go to A-Power Energy Generation Systems' CAPS page and tell us whether this is the start of something big -- or the fall of an empire.

Shake, rattle, and roll
These stocks have shaken the market over the 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.

NVIDIA is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor pick. Intel is a Motley Fool Inside Value selection. China Green Agriculture is a Motley Fool Global Gains recommendation. The Fool owns shares of Intel. Motley Fool Options has recommended buying call options on Intel. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services today, free for 30 days.

Fool contributor Rich Duprey owns shares of Intel, but does not have a financial position in any of the other 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.