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 Industrial Goods Sector. These stocks -- which include companies from construction and engineering, electrical equipment, aerospace and defense, and auto components industries -- have clocked some of the biggest gains during the last month.

Industrial Goods market movers

Company

Industry

CAPS Rating

30-Day Return

Market Cap

Price / Earnings

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock (Nasdaq: GLDD)

Construction and Engineering

***

21.08%

370.72M

29.16

Coleman Cable (Nasdaq: CCIX)

Electrical Equipment

***

20.04%

112.32M

NA

LMI Aerospace

Aerospace and Defense

****

13.62%

203.22M

13

Hawk (NYSE: HWK)

Auto Components

**

10.41%

184.46M

91.67

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

Let's see what The Motley Fool CAPS community (more than 165,000 investors strong) has to say about the best plays in the small-cap market.

And the next big winners are ...
The following Industrial 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 Industrial Goods favorites

Company

Industry

CAPS Rating

Market Cap

Price / Earnings

Fools Saying Outperform

Standex International (NYSE: SXI)

(Alternative to GLDD)

Industrial Conglomerates

*****

321.62M

29.16

41 of 44

LaBarge (NYSE: LB)

(Alternative to CCIX)

Construction and Engineering

****

180.98M

14.54

80 of 88

Kratos Defense and Security Solutions (Nasdaq: KTOS)

(Alternative to LMIA)

Aerospace and Defense

*****

187.18M

35

107 of 113

Sorl Auto Parts (Nasdaq: SORL)

(Alternative to HWK)

Auto Components

*****

179.54

33.35

580 of 587

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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