Chasing highfliers is a sucker's game. But tracking monthly trends across the market can lead to great investment ideas, as well as shed new light on stocks you already have in your portfolio.

Let's take a look at the biggest movers in Defensive stocks. These are stocks that tend to remain stable when the economy isn't -- including companies from the health care, consumer staples, and utilities -- and they have clocked some of the biggest gains during the last month.

Defensive Stock Market Movers

Company

Industry

CAPS Rating (out of 5)

30-Day Return

Market Cap

Price / Earnings

Sunesis Pharmaceuticals

Biotechnology

Not Rated

358.67%

60.23M

NA

La Jolla Pharmaceutical

Biotechnology

**

142.86%

12.29M

NA

General Growth Properties (Pink Sheets: GGWPQ.PK)

Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)

**

158.35%

3.39B

2.12

Origin Agritech (NASDAQ:SEED)

Food Products

*

137.55%

254.41M

51.79

NexMed

Pharmaceuticals

Not Rated

89.79%

36.68M

NA

Those returns are certainly eye-catching. But do these highfliers have staying power?

Let's see what The Motley Fool CAPS community (more than 145,000 investors strong) has to say about the best plays in defensive stocks.

And the next big winners are ...
The following stocks are of similar size in comparable industries to the ones in the previous chart. However, CAPS members think these companies have more promising future returns than the ones already making waves.

 CAPS Community Defensive Stock Favorites

Company

Industry

CAPS Rating (out of 5)

Market Cap

Price / Earnings

Fools Saying Outperform

EXACT Sciences (NASDAQ:EXAS)
(Alternative for SNSS and LJPC)

Biotechnology

*****

96.12m

NA

36 of 36

Health Care REIT
(NYSE:HCN)
(Alternative for GGWPQ.PK)

Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)

****

5.61B

36.01

356 of 377

Industrios Bachoco (NYSE:IBA)
(Alternative for SEED)

Food Products

*****

148.1M

NA

82 of 89

ISTA Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ISTA)
(Alternative for NEXM)

Health care Equipment and Supplies

*****

148.1M

NA

82 of 89

Of course, some of today's winners might continue to rack up outsize returns. But isn't it better to snag tomorrow's winners before they start running up?

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