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By Jonas Elmerraji
) -- It may be hard to believe, but it was an entire year ago that once-fabled investment banking giant Lehman Brothers crumbled on the national stage. Now, 12 months later, investors are looking at a very different stock market.
While the year may have been brutal for companies around the world, in the last week, the
managed to deliver another set of gains for 2009, eking out a 1.34% improvement over the course of the last five trading days. And once again, Stockpickr's
, our weekly list of beaten-down stocks that have both short-term catalysts for growth and long-term investment potential, fared much better than the market.
In fact, if you'd invested in each of last week's picks, you'd have outperformed the S&P by 2.6%. And as of this week, our Rocket Stock picks from the past nine weeks have outperformed the S&P 500 by 22.5%.
Here's a look at how
Last week's top performer was
. Campbell's, the world's biggest soup maker, delivered guidance above estimates last week, pushing the company's stock up 5.48%. The company was followed closely by
, which rang in at 5% and 4.4%, respectively.
also managed to beat the market last week, scoring approximately 3% and 2%, respectively, in the last five trading sessions.
Now ont o
SPDR Gold Trust
ETF isn't necessarily a stock, it certainly meets the Rocket Stocks criteria. With gold prices flirting with $1,000 right now and commodity ETFs coming under increasing scrutiny, this fund looks like the best in breed. That's because the SPDR Gold Trust doesn't just invest in paper; it actually buys up gold bullion for every share the fund issues. And with economic uncertainty still going strong, gold is a good place to be.
Last week, analysts downgraded
, citing the company's overplayed valuation as a reason to stay away. But this popular electronics retailer is anything but overvalued right now. Thanks to increasing retail sales numbers and consumer sentiment as well as the bankruptcy of former retailer
, expect this stock to put up respectable numbers when it reports on Sept. 15.
Banks have been catching investors' eyes of late, and
is one of the three to watch during the coming week. JPMorgan not only offers one of Wall Street's most conservative balance sheets -- the company also managed to walk away with new units
at fire-sale prices. That's more than enough reason for this stock to have the spotlight in the coming week as financials take center stage.
For more stocks that made this week's cut, including
Bank of America
, check out the
-- Written by Jonas Elmerraji in Baltimore.
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At the time of publication, author had no positions in any stocks mentioned.
Jonas Elmerraji, based out of Baltimore, is the editor and portfolio manager of the Rhino Stock Report, a free investment advisory that returned 15% in 2008. He is a contributor to numerous financial outlets, including
, and has been featured in
Investor's Business Daily