What's better than momentum? Mo' momentum.
Last week wasn't particularly kind for equity investors. The Dow suffered a 2% decline, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite fared even worse with a nearly 3% slide. There were thankfully more than a few stocks bucking the trend.
Let's take a closer look at five of this past week's biggest scorchers.
James River Coal (NAS: JRCC)
VIVUS (NAS: VVUS)
Arch Coal (NYS: ACI)
First Solar (NAS: FSLR)
MeetMe (ASE: MEET)
Jamer River Coal was the biggest gainer among Nasdaq-listed companies. It was a good week for coal stocks, boosted by encouraging news about China's coal-hungry steel mills and an uptick in natural gas prices. James River Coal was the biggest beneficiary on a percentage basis, though Arch Coal also came through with a double-digit percentage pop.
First Solar was a shooting star after an analyst at Cantor Fitzgerald waxed positively on the shares. The analyst feels that recently announced U.S. anti-dumping tariffs will increase domestic demand for First Solar's panels.
MeetMe moved higher after completing the final step in its strategy to combine its assets under a single brand. The transition of Quepasa.com users to the MeetMe platform is now finished.
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