There's a school of thinking that sees more promise in superior gains than in digging up great starting prices, even if you seem to be overpaying for that bottle rocket. Richard Driehaus, the godfather of momentum investing, takes exception to buying low and selling high: "I believe that far more money is made buying high and selling at even higher prices." And our Rule Breakers analysts would agree with that: Momentum-like criteria show up twice in the six pillars of that newsletter's strategy.

Price momentum may not be a traditional marker of a strong business or a capable management team, but when you think about it, those qualities should eventually generate strong returns. This is just a slightly backwards way of looking at the numbers, throwing "cause" and "effect" into the same basket to find a starting point for more research.

So what kind of bottle rockets can we find today? I took that question to our CAPS screener, looking for stocks that have at least doubles from 52-week lows and are still within 10% of yearly highs.

One stock that caught my eye among the resulting 129 tickers is networking veteran and Rule Breakers recommendation Akamai Technologies (Nasdaq: AKAM). Akamai has rewarded a few lucky shareholders with 164% returns -- if you bought shares in early September of last year. Since then, it's been nothing but blue skies ahead, and the stock looks set to explore new highs -- again and again.

Here's how Akamai's gains stack up against some direct rivals and a well-known networking generalist over the last year:


% Above 52-Week Low

% Below 52-Week High




Internap Network Services (Nasdaq: INAP)



Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO)






Source: Motley Fool CAPS.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results, and you should always do more research after finding a promising stock by screening. In this case, Akamai can back up the market-crushing performance with solid business.

Bandwidth-hungry high-definition video is fueling traffic growth across the Internet, and Akamai stands ready to relieve some serious bottlenecks. The competition has a hard time standing up to Akamai's full-featured technology portfolio and unmatched operating history, and the company is landing one impressive contract after another.

In my estimation, this is the Golden Age of Akamai. Buy now or forever hold your peace: This bottle rocket still has plenty of dry powder left in its growth engines.

Fool contributor Anders Bylund holds no position in any of the companies discussed here. Akamai Technologies is a Motley Fool Rule Breakers pick. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. You can check out Anders' holdings and a concise bio if you like, and The Motley Fool is investors writing for investors.