Hey there, Fools. I've summoned our Motley Fool CAPS community once again to highlight a few of Monday's biggest winners among the stocks with top ratings of four or five stars.

Without further ado:


Yesterday's % Gain

Sterlite Industries India (NYSE:SLT)




Tata Motors (NYSE:TTM)


Manitowoc (NYSE:MTW)


Focus Media Holding (NASDAQ:FMCN)


There's a reason why I selected those notable gainers as opposed to other winners making noise on Monday, like low-rated Bank of America (NYSE:BAC). Stocks go up all the time, but unless you were able to predict the pop, what does it matter?  

Our community of more than 130,000 CAPS Fools considers its "high-star" stocks the most likely to outperform the market.

Written in the (five) stars?
For example, 96.7% of the 305 All-Star members who've rated ICICI Bank have a bullish opinion of the stock. Two months ago, one of those Fools, NestEggOnTheFace, explained why the Indian banking giant looked solid enough to bank on:

One of the "good guys" in the banking sector. Multi bagger potential. Single digit share price is unsustainable -- too undervalued. Decent dividend. India is the sweet spot of the emerging markets.

ICICI Bank has nearly tripled since that call. In fact, India's major index surged more than 17% yesterday, on optimism that the re-election of Manmohan Singh as Prime Minister will fuel even more economic growth.

The bullish lesson?
Learn to combine the best of both dividend and global investing strategies. By buying into proven dividend aristocrats domiciled in attractive foreign markets, you earn the double benefit of owning a business that has plenty of room to rocket, while getting paid in non-U.S.-denominated cash flows. As long as you're cognizant of price, international income payers offer a great way to play both offense and defense.

And now for the losers ...
Of course, winning isn't everything in the stock market. Here are five of Monday's biggest decliners with one- or two-star ratings:   


Yesterday's % Loss

Amedisys (NASDAQ:AMED)


YRC Worldwide


Telefonica of Argentina


Tenet Healthcare


Fortress Investment Group


While yesterday's drop in five-star stock VAALCO Energy may have caught our community off-guard, low-ranked stocks are fully expected to fall hard.

Did CAPS call the fall?
Last summer, for instance, CAPS member aquapicap followed the lead of stock whistleblower Citron Research and looked into Amedisys:

When Citron Research reported that there may be Medicare accounting irregularities a few days ago, the stock tanked 15 points. It is currently being bid back up for whatever reason. I did further research and found out that not one, but two CFOs have left this company in the last 3 years. … That always raises a red flag in my book.

Not surprisingly, shares of the home nursing provider are down 44% since that call.

The bearish takeaway?
High management turnover doesn't necessarily spell trouble, but it's an alarm bell that Fools should take seriously. Executives, after all, know the company better than anyone else. When they're leaving at a rapid rate, it could very well be a sign of underlying problems. Compared to all of the companies offering reputable, dedicated, and long-term manager/owners to invest alongside, putting your trust in a "revolving door" doesn't seem worth it.

The final Foolish move
Investors often focus strictly on stock-price movements, without realizing that developing a proper stock-picking process counts most.

Over at Motley Fool CAPS, thousands of investors are Foolishly sharing insightful investment tips to help, above all else, identify tomorrow's big movers. Over time, consistently reverse-engineering winning -- and losing -- stocks will help you become a more Foolish investor.

Log in to CAPS today and start participating. It's absolutely free -- and a lot of fun! 

Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Sterlite and Focus Media are Motley Fool Global Gains picks. Focus Media is also a Rule Breakers recommendation. The Fool's disclosure policy is always the big winner.