Markets have been more volatile than ever lately. So if your stock strapped on a rocket pack and went higher, resist the urge to high-five everyone in the cubicles next to you. Smart investors won't celebrate until they know that upward leap was justified. Without a fundamental basis for the bounce, these stocks can quickly make the return trip down.
Is now the time to lock in profits, or is this just the first step toward even higher valuations down the road? Let's examine several stocks that just hit the afterburners, and see whether they're truly headed into orbit.
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The Dow tumbled 163 points yesterday, or 1.3%, so stocks that went appreciably higher are pretty big deals.
Rising from the rubble
The construction industry has been crushed into the gravel by the recession, and though there's no sign yet that it's poised to rise, Martin Marietta Materials
There's some sense in Martin Marietta's proposal. Together, they could save as much as $250 million in operating costs annually, and with both dependent upon highway projects, they'd no longer be at loggerheads of funding. According to Vulcan, diesel costs rose 40% year over year, while liquid asphalt was up 20%, hurting quarterly earnings. The combined company would own 15% of the U.S. construction aggregates market.
CAPS member glake1 opportunistically picked Vulcan last week to outperform the market, believing it is a well-run company, joining with the 91% of the 500 or so other members who also back this construction giant. Add Vulcan Materials to your watchlist to see whether it can build something still.
This past May should have marked a turning point for power plant maker FuelCell Energy. That's when it reported receiving an order from steel producer POSCO
But the deals haven't been enough to lift FuelCell's stock by much. Shares still trade 60% below their 52-week high even after yesterday's jump. Of course, Ballard Power
CAPS All-Stars are only slightly leaning in favor of FuelCell beating the Street, with 54% giving it the thumbs-up. But put its stock into the Fool's free portfolio tracker and see whether the growing list of contract wins turns things around.
Blowing in the wind
After carbon fiber maker Zoltek
Yet another aspect of Broadwind's business is gear making, and that got a boost when Caterpillar
CAPS member wwolf12 is looking for the Caterpillar agreement to blow Broadwind's stock higher, but tell me in the comments section below or on the Broadwind Energy CAPS page if you think this makes it a towering opportunity. Then put it on your watchlist to keep track of its progress.
Going into orbit
It pays to start your own research on these stocks on Motley Fool CAPS, where you can read a company's financial reports, scrutinize key data and charts, and examine the comments your fellow investors have made, all from the stock's CAPS page. Then you can decide for yourself whether your stock's headed for re-entry, or off to infinity and beyond.