What's better than momentum? Mo' momentum.

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

Company

March 9 Weekly Gain My Watchlist
Bon-Ton Stores (NAS: BONT) $8.06 57% Add
Smith & Wesson (NAS: SWHC) $6.95 36% Add
Harvest Natural Resources (NYS: HNR) $8.03 27% Add
Molycorp (NYS: MCP) $30.89 26% Add
Monster Worldwide (NYS: MWW) $9.11 23% Add

Source: Barron's.

Bon-Ton may have been one of last year's biggest losers -- shedding nearly three-quarters of its value -- but the department store chain was last week's biggest winner. Bon-Ton delivered encouraging results in its efforts to update its tired stores, forecasting as much as $70 million in positive cash flow this year.

Smith & Wesson shot up after the gun maker posted better-than-expected financial results. Smith & Wesson also boosted its guidance.

Harvest Natural Resources gained ground after the oil producer revealed its intentions to sell its Venezuelan assets.

Molycorp got a bounce after announcing the acquisition of rare-earth minerals processor Neo Material Technologies in a $1.3 billion deal.

Two weeks ago, Monster.com parent Monster Worldwide revealed that it would be exploring strategic alternatives. That didn't necessarily mean that it's putting itself up on the block, but last week's announcement that financial advisors have been hired clearly puts the online recruiter in play.

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