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 look at the biggest movers in consumer goods. These stocks -- which include companies from the machinery, tobacco, textiles/apparel, and luxury-goods and household-durables sectors -- have clocked some of the biggest gains during the last month.

Consumer-goods market movers

Company

Industry

CAPS Rating (out of 5)

30-Day Return

Market Cap (in millions)

Price / Earnings

Wabash National

(NYSE: WNC)

Machinery

*

164.75%

$235.26

29.16

Star Scientific

(Nasdaq: CIGX)

Tobacco

*

143.07%

$291.35

N/A

Quiksilver

(NYSE: ZQK)

Textiles, Apparel, and Luxury Goods

***

72%

$556.75

13

True Religion Apparel (Nasdaq: TRLG)

Textiles, Apparel, and Luxury Goods

***

48.01%

$736.05

91.67

Those returns are certainly eye-catching. But do these highfliers have staying power? Head over to Motley Fool CAPS, more than 160,000 investors strong, to see what the community has to say about the best plays in the consumer-goods market.

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

CAPS community consumer-goods favorites

Company

Industry

CAPS Rating (out of 5)

Market Cap

Price / Earnings

Fools Saying Outperform

John Bean Technologies (NYSE: JBT)

(Alternative to WNC)

Machinery

*****

$512.68 million

29.16

59 of 62

Nutraceutical Int'l (Nasdaq: NUTR)

(Alternative to CIGX)

Personal Products

*****

$154.55 million

N/A

37 of 41

The Warnaco Group (NYSE: WRC)

(Alternative to ZQK and TRLG)

Textiles, Apparel ,and Luxury Goods

*****

$2.09 billion

35

108 of 116

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

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