What's better than momentum? Mo' momentum.

Let's take a closer look at five of this past week's biggest scorchers.


Nov. 30

Weekly Gain

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Acadia Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ACAD)




James River Coal (NASDAQOTH:JRCCQ)




Knight Capital Group (NYSE:KCG)




Five Below (NASDAQ:FIVE)




Smart Balance (UNKNOWN:BDBD.DL)




Source: Barron's.

This week's biggest winner by far was Acadia.

Shares of the biotech more than doubled following encouraging test results for its treatment for Parkinson's-related psychosis. The drug helps reduce the hallucinations and delusions that inflicts many sufferers of Parkinson's disease.

James River Coal got a boost after a Raymond James analyst upgraded the stock, arguing that coal producers will grow more attractive as natural-gas prices rise into the winter. The problem from here is that the stock's robust 48% pop on the week finds it trading higher than the analyst's $3 price target.

Knight Capital surged after receiving not one, but two buyout offers. Investors are hoping a bidding war erupts to drive the stock even higher.

Five Below rose above its lower-than-expected guidance. The retailer that sells fashionable items for $5 or less warned that the holiday quarter would fall shy of Wall Street's targets. However, the devastating Sandy storm is largely to blame. Investors accepted that and instead chose to focus on the company's better-than-expected results for the recently concluded quarter.

RBC Capital initiated coverage of Smart Balance as a "Top Pick" with a price target of $16. Smart Balance is best-known for its line of heart-healthy buttery spreads.

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