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 125,000-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:


Today’s Intraday Price


CAPS Rating (out of 5)

Fools Saying Outperform

Genesee & Wyoming, Inc. (NYSE: GWR  )


Road and Rail

5 Stars

915 of 937

Jinpan International Limited (Nasdaq: JST  )


Electrical Equipment

4 Stars

747 of 769

Columbia Sportswear Company (Nasdaq: COLM  )


Textiles, Apparel and Luxury Goods

3 Stars

541 of 591

Source: Motley Fool CAPS, as of March 3, 2009.

Top-rated road and rail companies:

  • Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp (NYSE: BNI  ) : Stock price is 36% lower than last year.
  • Union Pacific Corp (NYSE: UNP  ) : Stock price is -9% lower than last year.

Top-rated electrical equipment companies:

  • Regal-Beloit Corp (NYSE: RBC  ) : Stock price is 25% lower than last year.
  • Preformed Line Products Company (Nasdaq: PLPC  ) : Stock price is 31% 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, Motley Fool Pro, and Ready Made Millionaire 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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