Roanoke Electric Steel

Ticker: RESC

Thursday's close: $13.65

Week's change: +11%

The company turned a profit in the second quarter after a loss in the same quarter last year, and was rewarded by investors. Roanoke Electric Steel, which makes a line of steel products, earned $5.22 million (48 cents a share) compared to a loss of $1.48 million (13 cents). The company posted record sales for the quarter of $118.95 million.

SteelCloud

Ticker: SCLD

Thursday's close: $2.61

Week's change: +14%

SteelCloud's stock climbed last week on news that the Sterling company's network security products had been chosen as part of an operations center put together in part by Microsoft. The operations center made its debut at a technology conference in May and will be used to protect networks at other major events where there is a need for secure computing at a temporary site.

CompuDyne

Ticker: CDCY

Thursday's close: $10.40

Week's change: +10%

CompuDyne's stock gained ground after it said it won $18.2 million worth of government contracts in May. The Hanover company, which specializes in building security systems, had a rough 2003, with a relatively low number of contract awards. But its numbers have improved in the past four months with several new high-profile contracts.

Talk America

Ticker: TALK

Thursday's close: $7.70

Week's change: -21%

Shares of Reston-based Talk America tumbled last week after the Bush administration decided not to help appeal a federal court's ruling striking down regulations governing phone competition. The decision was seen by analysts as a major defeat for rivals of telecom giants such as Talk America, which uses Bell equipment to offer integrated local and long-distance services.