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

Last time, subprime loan insurers were about as unwelcome and out of place as Dick Cheney at the annual Daily Kos convention. And they're still awful, down 32.4% since mid-October.

Interestingly, that was only good for second. (More O'Reilly than Cheney, perhaps?)

So who's first? You know the answer: subprime lenders, the dog food eaters whose cud others swallowed. They've since paid the price. Shares of not-so-lovable losers like NovaStar Financial (NYSE:NFI) are off an average of 37.7% over the past 30 days.

Third place is where you'll find the new blood. Literally. Makers of medical lasers, such as former Stock Advisor pick LCA-Vision (NASDAQ:LCAV), are down an average of 31.3% over the last month.

According to you, our Foolish readers, the worst stocks in these industries to own now -- i.e., those rated one or two out of a maximum five stars in CAPS -- are:


CAPS Stars

No. of CAPS Ratings

Bear Ratio

30-Day Price Change

MGIC Investment





PMI Group






Impac Mortgage






Sources: Motley Fool CAPS, Yahoo! Finance.

And your favorite long candidates -- i.e., those rated four or five stars in CAPS -- are:


CAPS Stars

No. of
CAPS Ratings

Bull Ratio

Price Change

Syneron Medical





Palomar Medical Tech.





Sources: Motley Fool CAPS, Yahoo! Finance.

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Fool contributor Tim Beyers, who is ranked 12,784 out of more than 74,000 participants in CAPS, is a sucker for growth stocks and a regular contributor to David Gardner's Motley Fool Rule Breakers service. Tim didn't own shares of any of the companies mentioned in this story at the time of publication. Find Tim's portfolio here and his latest blog commentary here. The Motley Fool's disclosure policy freezes out Wall Street's worst.