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.


30-Day % Change

CAPS Rating
(out of 5)

Pacific Ethanol



ICx Technologies



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Gramercy Capital (NYSE:GKK)



North American Palladium (NYSE:PAL)



General Moly (NYSE:GMO)



Paramount Gold & Silver



Domino's Pizza (NYSE:DPZ)



30-day % change from Dec. 15 to Jan. 15.

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
Are platinum-group metals an even better investment than gold and silver? Two new PGM exchange-traded funds just began trading are certainly going to have a positive impact on the price of palladium and platinum because they're going to take physical possession of the metals. Other catalysts causing a jump in the metals prices include decreased supply and increased demand from emerging market economies.

South Africa is the world's largest producer of PGM metals, but its output has steadily eroded since 2006 as labor issues, power outages, and workplace safety concerns have taken their toll. Moreover, since PGMs are key ingredients in automobile emission control systems, look for places like China -- which surpassed the U.S. as the world's largest auto market -- to place even further pressure on supplies.

Combine these three factors and PGM stocks like North American Palladium and Stillwater Mining (NYSE:SWC) may just be some of the best metals investments around. CAPS member airrick13 is looking at "reflation and recovery" when he ascribes a better future for the metal.

On the recovery side, as often mentioned, both of these metals are used for catalytic converters, and thus, have been tied to the auto market. Obviously, the US auto market is not what it used to be, but China just passed us in auto sales. So what will things look like in two years when we are approaching our old numbers and they are the world leader in auto purchasing. Then add India's and Brazil's increased consumption right behind it. Lastly, platinum has fallen off substantially as a jewelry metal as it is just too expensive. But have you gone jewelry shopping lately? What is the new metal of choice? Paladium.

So I say, buy, hold and wait until that sweet spot where recovery is evident and inflation from reflation is still present and collect your reward.

The argument has me convinced and I've marked both of these companies to outperform the broader markets over on CAPS. Join me on the North American Palladium CAPS page (and Stillwater Mining's too), and add your view on whether this is the best precious metals investment today.

Rolling in the dough
You have to give Domino's Pizza credit. Not too many companies are willing to launch a national marketing campaign that basically says, "Our product sucks!" Yet what else can you deduce from advertising that notes "our crust tastes like cardboard and our sauce reminds people of ketchup?"

But the pizza company is scoring points for owning up to its shortcomings and responding to the criticisms of consumers. They've overhauled the product, and while it may be too soon to say whether it will result in better sales or a bigger slice of market share taken from Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) Pizza Hut, investors seem willing to bet there is some positive impact and have bid up the company's stock.

Highly rated CAPS All-Star member BSHumphreyII admits the new ad campaign was enough for him to give them another try, and he liked what he saw -- or tasted.

The big thing I'm basing this pick on, and I understand it's a tad thin, is their redesigned pizza. I ordered some after I saw their recent ad, and I have to say, I was impressed-unlike many of their more recent "innovations."

Admitting the poor quality of their pizza in the past is a neat touch in their marketing (it got me to give them another try), and they've really delivered with the new stuff. Add to that the fact that it's still cheaper than the competition, and you get Domino's with a real opportunity to steal some market share here.

Shake, rattle, and roll
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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.