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 Conglomerates. These stocks -- which include companies from industrial conglomerates, chemicals, electrical equipment, and machinery -- have clocked some of the biggest gains during the past six months.

Conglomerate Market Movers

Company

Industry

CAPS Rating (out of 5)

26-Week Return

Market Cap

Price / Earnings

Textron (NYSE: TXT)

Industrial Conglomerates

***

4.7

5.68B

29.16

General Electric (NYSE: GE)

Industrial Conglomerates

****

5.3

172.42B

NA

PPG Industries (NYSE: PPG)

Chemicals

****

5.8

10.34B

13

Cooper Industries

Electrical Equipment

***

8.6

7.76B

91.67

Crane

Machinery

*****

9.1

1.82B

4.76

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

Let's see what The Motley Fool CAPS community of more than 165,000 investors has to say about the best plays in the Conglomerates market.

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

 CAPS Community Conglomerate Favorites

Company

Industry

CAPS Rating (out of 5)

Market Cap

Price / Earnings

Fools Saying Outperform

Keppel

(Alternative to Textron)

Industrial Conglomerates

****

9.61B

29.16

88 of 89

3M (NYSE: MMM)

(Alternative to GE)

Industrial Conglomerates

*****

56.99B

15.89

3945 of 4079

Ecolab (NYSE: ECL)

(Alternative to PPG)

Chemicals

****

10.94B

35

188 of 211

Ametek (NYSE: AME)

(Alternative to Cooper)

Electrical Equipment

****

4.40B

33.65

181 of 192

IDEX (NYSE: IEX)

(Alternative to Crane)

Machinery

*****

2.46B

10.4

79 of 83

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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