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.

Cable TV systems, after a one-week hiatus, are once again atop the charts. Their 16.3% average return easily bests the 12.2% gain put up by Arkansas residents such as Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) and Tyson Foods.

This week's third-place finisher -- residential construction specialists -- tells me that investors have gone back to the garbage bin in search of worthy castoffs. Walter Industries and its lower-rated peers are up an average of 10.3% since early March.

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:


CAPS Stars

No. of CAPS Ratings



30-Day Price Change

British Sky Broadcasting NYSE: BSY)





Liberty Media Capital (Nasdaq: LCAPA)





Sources: Motley Fool CAPS, Yahoo! Finance (current as of 4/1).

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


CAPS Stars

No. of CAPS Ratings

Percent Bears

30-Day Price Change

Beazer Homes (NYSE: BZH)





Dillard's (NYSE: DDS)





Cablevision Systems (NYSE: CVC)





Sources: Motley Fool CAPS, Yahoo! Finance (current as of 4/1).

My favorite stock among today's contenders is U.K. media maven British Sky Broadcasting. CAPS investor drbennet best described the thesis last February, I think. Quoting:

As more and more people upgrade to Sky or SkyHD profit per customer will increase. also the launch of Sky Broadband should eventually start build further revenue per customer as they can resolve the perceived customer services issues.

Others, such as stocksshmocks, say that British Sky Broadcasting is a better choice for your portfolio than Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA). Numbers bear this out: British Sky has earned a 21.8% return on invested capital over the trailing 12 months, while Comcast has earned just 4.8%.

Then there's the dividend. Comcast yields less than half the 2.9% British Sky pays out. Which would you rather have? Seriously, I'm asking. Would you buy British Sky Broadcasting at today's prices? Let us know what you think by signing up for CAPS today. It's 100% free to participate.

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Fool contributor Tim Beyers, ranked 15,549 out of more than 94,000 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.