3 Stocks Hitting Low Notes

When a stock hits a fresh low, it can either signal a dirt cheap dream stock or a dreadful stock to avoid. Separating the wheat from the chaff is difficult, but finding well-run companies at bargain-basement prices is a great way to accumulate a fortune over the long run.

With that in mind, we'll use the aggregate intelligence of the 120,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS to see what the community is saying about stocks hitting 52-week lows today. The community's approval (signified by four- and five-star ratings) could indicate that further research is in order.

Here are three such stocks:

Company

Today’s Intraday Price

Industry

CAPS Rating (out of 5)

Fools Saying Outperform

Expedia, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPE  )

$9.41

Internet Information Providers

2 Stars

223 of 267

Bare Escentuals, Inc. (Nasdaq: BARE  )

$4.83

Personal Products

3 Stars

364 of 394

Morningstar, Inc. (Nasdaq: MORN  )

$36.40

Asset Management

5 Stars

881 of 905

Source: Motley Fool CAPS, as of Oct. 31, 2008.

Top-rated internet information providers companies:

  • NetEase.com, Inc. (ADR) (Nasdaq: NTES  ) : Stock price is 2% higher than last year.
  • The Knot, Inc. (Nasdaq: KNOT  ) : Stock price is 64% lower than last year.

Top-rated personal products companies:

  • The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG  ) : Stock price is 3% lower than last year.
  • Kimberly-Clark Corp (NYSE: KMB  ) : Stock price is 7% lower than last year.

Join us on CAPS to learn more about these and countless other interesting stock ideas.

Disclosure is important to us here at The Motley Fool. The stocks mentioned in this article received their CAPS ratings from participants in The Motley Fool's CAPS service and have hit 52-week lows during today's trading. No individual person selected the stocks in this article, so there is no author to disclose an interest in them. Annual performance is measured over a 365-day period. Since this article was automatically generated by identifying the stocks rated by the CAPS community and by buyers in today’s market, it is possible that Motley Fool personnel (and even The Motley Fool itself, through our Million Dollar Portfolio, Ready Made Millionaire, and Motley Fool PRO services), have positions in these stocks. We thought you'd like to know that. You can learn more about The Motley Fool’s disclosure policy here.


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  • Report this Comment On October 31, 2008, at 5:34 PM, edwardjohn wrote:

    I'm at a loss to understand just why "Morningstar" the MDP highest rated stock is my biggest looser at this time,

    I'm basically comfortable with all my other holdings, but this one is alarming, for pure paper losses. I'm just glad I was not in on the beginning, but my 150 shares are now down over 2500.00.!

  • Report this Comment On November 04, 2008, at 4:00 PM, Wigglyworm1 wrote:

    Actually I'm starting to think that the Motley Fool is totally discredited. I'm completely at a loss as to why I have paid for this service and definitely why I should continue to pay. They have been wrong over and over again as long as I have been paying (which is the last 2 years). I have lost on every pick they have recommended (that I have actually bought). And, in most cases, I bought after their recommendation as a "top pick" and after the stock fell substantially and they reiterated a "buy". Then I proceeeded to lose significantly as the stock(s) fell more. Certainly this is not a long term study and there have been tumultuous times lately but I expect my advisors to consider this when recomending stocks...and I expect to be buying stocks that will still outperform the market (not lose as much) in downtimes. That has not happened and I'm not sure their rationale for "top picks" is standing up to scrutiny. I have done substantially better on my personal picks for which I had NO advisor. So a real fool is to conclude....dump the SA.

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