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 the financial sector. These stocks -- which include companies from the commercial banking, commercial markets, and real estate investment trust sectors -- have clocked some of the biggest gains during the last month.

Financial sector market movers

Company

Industry

CAPS Rating

30-Day Return

Market Cap

Price / Earnings

MainSource Financial Group (NASDAQ:MSFG)

Commercial Banks

*

24.89%

112.16M

24.03

PrivateBancorp (NASDAQ:PVTB)

Commercial Banks

***

40.75%

908.23M

61.69

Sandy Spring Bancorp

Commercial Markets

*

44.25%

205.09M

209.83

Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services (NYSE:LTS)

Commercial Banks

*

49.78%

154.45M

117

Virginia Commerce Bancorp (NASDAQ:VCBI)

Commercial Banks

**

49.86%

153.5M

14.65

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

Let's see what The Motley Fool CAPS community (more than 150,000 investors strong) has to say about the best plays in the Financial Sector market.

And the next big winners are ...
The following Financial Sector 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 financial-sector favorites

Company

Industry

CAPS Rating

Market Cap

Price / Earnings

Fools Saying Outperform

One Liberty Properties (NYSE:OLP)

(Alternatives for MSFG, SASR and VCBI )

Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)

*****

108.13M

21.08

49 of 52

Bladex (NYSE:BLX)

(Alternative for PVTB)

Commercial Banks

*****

500.31M

9.04

228 of 242

Morgan Stanley Capital Trust V (NYSE:MWO)

(Alternative for LTS)

Capital Markets

*****

358.92M

N/A

21 of 22

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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