5 of Last Week's Biggest Winners

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What's better than momentum? Mo' momentum.

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

Company

Dec. 23Weekly GainMy Watchlist
Winn-Dixie Stores (NAS: WINN) $9.3773%Add
Sunrise Senior Living (NYS: SRZ) $6.0629%Add
VirnetX Holding (ASE: VHC) $27.3529%Add
SandRidge Energy (NYS: SD) $8.5727%Add
USG (NYS: USG) $10.3121%Add

Source: Barron's.

Winn-Dixie hit the checkout line with a big fat smile. The Southeastern grocery store operator is being acquired by rival Bi-Lo in an all-cash deal. The $9.50-per-share buyout price is a healthy 75% premium to Winn-Dixie's close before the announcement was made public.

Sunrise Senior Living rose after a bullish SeekingAlpha.com article played up the retirement home operator's buyout prospects given its improving balance sheet. A story later in the week indicated that a hedge fund manager with a sizable stake in Sunrise was increasing its position.

VirnetX jumped after speculation began to build that Apple (NAS: AAPL) was being denied a request to reexamine a patent held by the mobile security researcher. VirnetX went on to confirm that a patent reexamination request -- by Cisco (NAS: CSCO) -- was denied by the patent office.

SandRidge Energy gained ground by losing ground. The company sold some of its acreage for a tidier sum than analysts were expecting.

Finally, there's USG. The gypsum materials specialist posted strong gains after a Commerce Report showed the strongest new housing starts data in two years. The news bodes well for USG's drywall business.

It was a great week for these five stocks. If you want to get an early read on some of tomorrow's major gainers, there's a special report on three hidden winners in a booming industry. The report is free -- like this article -- but it won't be around forever, so check it out now.

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