Welcome back to another Foolish review of the hottest stocks as ranked by our participants in 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, dry-bulk shippers were the lords of the seas and the market. But no longer. Microprocessor makers such as Transmeta (NASDAQ:TMTA) and Motley Fool Inside Value pick Intel rule the realm today. As a group, the chip kings have enjoyed a 47.9% return over the past 30 days.

A hair behind the lords of silicon were the lusty souls who get paid to bare it all. Sultans of sin such as VCG Holding (AMEX:PTT) have produced ample returns over the past month, up 42.8% on average.

Who's in third? Companies specializing in software based on the open-source Linux operating system. Stocks from this sector, as a group, have improved by 36% since early October.

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

Rick's Cabaret (NASDAQ:RICK)

*****

25

25

100%

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

Novell (NASDAQ:NOVL)

**

212

78

36.8%

Playboy Enterprises (NYSE:PLA)

*

153

66

43.1%

Private Media (NASDAQ:PRVT)

*

70

28

40%

Red Hat (NASDAQ:RHT)

**

431

89

20.6%

SourceForge

**

81

17

21%

Source: Motley Fool CAPS.

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Fool contributor Tim Beyers, who is ranked 12,317 out of more than 73,000 participants in CAPS, didn't own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this article at the time of publication. Find Tim's portfolio here and his latest blog commentary here. Intel is an Inside Value recommendation. Playboy is a Rule Breakers pick. The Motley Fool's disclosure policy is hotter than city asphalt in the summer heat.