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.

With a 21.1% average return since early November, home furnishings retailers are once again king of the CAPS kingdom. Money-grubbing financiers improved with a 17% return as a group over the past month but remain a distant second.

And in third place? Please welcome another new entrant: hospitals. Professional caregivers such as Magellan Health Services (NASDAQ:MGLN) have produced a 7.9% average return over the past 30 days.

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

Bull
Ratio

30-Day
Price
Change

AmSurg (NASDAQ:AMSG)

***** 

46

95.7%

(0.7%)

Community Health Systems
(NYSE:CYH)

***** 

37

91.9%

9.9%

Wesco Financial (AMEX:WSC)

**** 

67

89.6%

8.1%

Universal Health Services
(NYSE:UHS)

**** 

32

81.3%

4.2%

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

*

42

78.6%

0.0%

Pier 1 Imports

*

207

64.7%

(16.9%)

CBRE Realty Finance

*

125

60.0%

54.3%

Restoration Hardware
(NASDAQ:RSTO)

*

117

45.3%

133.8%

Crystal River Capital
(NYSE:CRZ)

*

186

33.9%

(4.5%)

Sources: Motley Fool CAPS, Yahoo! Finance.

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Fool contributor Tim Beyers, who is ranked 6,669 out of more than 40,000 rated participants in CAPS, didn't own shares in any company 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 the Yule log on your TV.