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.

Last time, solar stocks were heating up. Well, prepare for the eclipse. Software stocks have stepped into the limelight with a -- wait for it -- 182.1% average return over the past 30 days. Yowsa.

Who gets to follow that act? Industrial-equipment wholesalers. They're up 33.4% as a group since early September. And in third, pharmaceutical companies are hopped up on a 31.9% average return 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

No. of
CAPS Ratings

Bullish
CAPS Ratings

Bull Ratio

Applied Industrial Tech.
(NYSE:AIT)

*****

114

113

99.1%

T-3 Energy Services
(NASDAQ:TTES)

*****

104

103

99%

Double-Take Software
(NASDAQ:DBTK)

*****

77

76

98.7%

CE Franklin
(NYSE:CFK)

*****

132

130

98.5%

Source: Motley Fool CAPS.

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

Company

CAPS Stars

No. of
CAPS Ratings

Bearish
CAPS Ratings

Bear Ratio

CA (NYSE:CA)

*

99

61

61.6%

China Shenghuo Pharma.
(NYSE:KUN)

*

83

40

48.2%

Sucampo Pharmaceuticals
(NASDAQ:SCMP)

*

13

6

46.2%

Source: Motley Fool CAPS.

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