Hot Stocks You're Buying Now

Welcome back to another Foolish review of the hottest stocks, as ranked by Motley Fool CAPS. We're looking at the three best-performing industries over the past 30 days and your favorite long and short candidates in each.

After several doses of good medicine from makers of diagnostic substances, this week businesses involved in sporting activities finished first. Stock such as International Speedway are up 29.2% over the past 30 days. (Start your engines.)

Second and third place bring still more familiar names. For example, Greece-based stocks are up 27.2% on average over the past 30 days. Drybulk shippers such as DryShips (Nasdaq: DRYS  ) and TOP Tankers (Nasdaq: TOPS  ) improved by 24.6% over the same period.

According to you, our Foolish readers, the best stocks in these industries to own now -- i.e., those with four or five of the maximum five stars in CAPS -- are:

Company

CAPS Stars (Out of 5) 

No. of CAPS Ratings

Percent
Bulls

30-Day Price Change

National Bank of Greece

*****

389

98.2%

0.3%

Navios Maritime Holdings (NYSE:NM)

*****

750

98.0%

34.4%

Tsakos Energy Navigation (NYSE:TNP)

*****

553

97.5%

14.0%

Diana Shipping (NYSE:DSX)

*****

1,499

96.9%

18.2%

Euroseas (NASDAQ:ESEA)

*****

497

96.8%

7.2%

Excel Maritime (NYSE:EXM)

*****

1,166

96.7%

55.1%

Sources: Motley Fool CAPS, Yahoo! Finance.

And your favorite short candidates -- i.e., those rated with one or two stars in CAPS -- are:

Company

CAPS Stars

No. of CAPS Ratings

Percent Bears

30-Day Price Change

Dover Motorsports

*

27

55.6%

(3.6%)

Sources: Motley Fool CAPS, Yahoo! Finance.

I'm going to take a chance here and re-up Navios Maritime. But I'm not alone. Here's how CAPS All-Star floridabuilder put it last month:

[Navios Maritime] is part of the Transportation Ship industry group. This industry group has been in the top 10 rankings for 15 of the past 52 weeks ranking it 8th most powerful industry group. However, 13 of those 15 weeks in the top 10 are dropping off. Those 13 weeks are from May 4, 2007 through Aug 3, 2007. The shippers really broke out early last year and the question is whether or not the weakness since August is permanent or a chance to load up. I believe it is the latter.

His peers agree. Of the last 150 ratings of Navios at CAPS -- all made since late March -- only two investors say the stock will underperform. What's more, of the last 75 to rate Navios "outperform," 16 -- or 21% -- of those rank in the top 5% in the CAPS database.

All of them are looking smart today. Last Tuesday, The Baltic Dry Index, which measures the pricing power of shippers such as Navios, surged by 274 points. Weekly rates for Capesize ships, huge tankers that comprise more than a third of Navios' fleet of owned vessels, improved by 10%. Both gains should add buoyancy to Navios' profits.

But that's my take. What's yours? Would you buy Navios Maritime at today's prices? Let us know what you think by signing up for CAPS today. It's 100% free to participate.

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