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 listed three stocks that made some of the biggest upward moves over the past month, which we'll pair 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.


1 Month % Change

CAPS Rating 
(out of 5)

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU)



Procera Networks (NYSE: PKT)



Hercules Offshore (Nasdaq: HERO)



1 Month % change from Feb. 3 to March 7.

While you were out, the market threatened to plunge below the 12,000 level again, 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
The coming glut of tablet computers along with a plethora of smartphone offerings indicates a nirvana-like experience for investors looking to capitalize on the growth of mobile computing platforms. It's a target-rich environment but the market is suggesting none might be so well positioned as Alcatel-Lucent, previously a troubled performer that appears to have corrected itself and is growing by leaps and bounds.

According to Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO), which is suffering from something of an identity crisis itself that's hurting performance, mobile traffic is growing by 26% a year. Software upgrades at Alcatel enabling base stations to carry 3G wireless signals led to operating profits in the quarter that surpassed Wall Street's expectations. Management says growing 3G efforts will continue to improve profits in 2011.

It's why CAPS member VenCarPor says the mobile Internet will win the day for Alcatel: "They are the underlying infrastructure for the ever growing popular wireless bug out there!!"

Even as Alcatel became the target of buyout rumors again, Ciena (Nasdaq: CIEN), by comparison, was hurt trying to integrate its Nortel acquisition. You can keep tabs on this growing mobile tech leader by adding it your watchlist then giving us your opinion on the Alcatel-Lucent CAPS page.

Sight for sore eyes
The same forces driving Alcatel higher are moving Procera Networks up, too. It's joining Limelight Networks (Nasdaq: LLNW) and other gateways in developing the next generation of protocols, called IPv6, that will give us a seeming endless supply of trillions of addresses.

Although reverse stock splits tend to signal a company in serious financial trouble, Procera hasn't suffered any ill effects yet from the 1-to-10 reverse split it initiated last month. In fact, that was the start of its move up and was no doubt designed to better reflect the Tier 1 and Tier 2 customers it's been winning. 

With 92% of CAPS members rating Procera marking it to outperform the broad market averages and only one All-Star so far aligned against it, the CAPS community believes Procera's network policy enforcement rules enabling carriers and service providers to get a better understanding of their traffic at a granular user level will win out.

Add Procera to the Fool's free portfolio tracker to keep an eye on the intelligent rules enforcer's progress.

A Herculean effort
Having so much at stake in the Gulf of Mexico, offshore drilling specialist Hercules Offshore looks to regain its lost balance after the Obama administration finally issued a drilling permit to Noble Energy (NYSE: NBL). The only problem is that Noble's permit was for a rig already in place originally shut down by the administration's drilling ban and subsequent steps to evade court orders to lift it. And it hasn't given up the ban yet either -- it's going to court to pursue overturning the judge's order.

That undoubtedly explains why Hercules first shot up on the permit issuance news and the subsequent 7% drop back down yesterday. Yet having picked up on the cheap some assets from bankrupt Seahawk Drilling (itself decimated by the drilling ban), if or when the judge's order is upheld and the administration relents on its go-slow efforts, Hercules will be well positioned, which is exactly what PViddy is counting on: "Acquired the assets of Seahawk for cheap. Trading at a significant discount to it's assets. Betting that drilling in the Gulf of Mexico will recover."

Drill down deeper on the Hercules Offshore CAPS page and add it to the Fool's free portfolio tracker to see when it becomes a market hero again.

Shake, rattle, and roll
With these stocks shaking the market this past month it pays to start your own research on them at Motley Fool CAPS. Read a company's financial reports, scrutinize key data and charts, and examine the comments your fellow investors have made all from a stock's CAPS page.

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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.