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.

The reign of the chip kings is over. After three consecutive weeks on the throne, today they give way to home-furnishing stores, which, as a group, have returned 21.5% since late October.

No one else even comes close. Not even the money-grubbers. Financiers are a distant second, with a 13.3% average gain over the past 30 days.

Third place, meanwhile, brings a new entrant: voice and data service providers. As a group, these chalky talkies have improved 4.7% as a group over the past month.

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

Company

CAPS Stars

No. of
CAPS Ratings

Bull Ratio

30-Day
Price Change

Wesco Financial
(AMEX:WSC)

****

66

89.4%

4.9%

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

Bear Ratio

30-Day
Price Change

Haverty Furniture

*

39

76.9%

2.7%

Pier 1 Imports

*

205

65.9%

(22%)

CBRE Realty Finance
(NYSE:CBF)

*

116

61.2%

39.6%

Restoration Hardware
(NASDAQ:RSTO)

*

111

45.1%

141.8%

Globalstar
(NASDAQ:GSAT)

**

48

31.3%

31.7%

Williams-Sonoma
(NYSE:WSM)

**

128

25.2%

(3.6%)

Sources: Motley Fool CAPS, Yahoo! Finance.

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Fool contributor Tim Beyers, who is ranked 9,923 out of more than 75,000 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. The Motley Fool's disclosure policy is hotter than city asphalt in the summer heat.