When a stock hits a fresh low, it can mean it’s a dirt cheap dream stock -- or that it’s 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 110,000-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 be a sign that further research is in order.

Here are three such stocks:

 

Today’s Low

Industry

CAPS Rating (out of 5)

Fools Saying Outperform

Research

Seagate Technology (NYSE:STX)

$17.07

Computer hardware

*****

662 of 699

Research

TEPPCO Partners, L.P. (NYSE:TPP)

$31.25

Energy

*****

193 of 202

Research

CVR Energy (NYSE:CVI)

$16.93

Energy

*****

114 of 117

Research

Source: Motley Fool CAPS, as of July 9, 2008.

Other Five-Star Energy Companies
Atwood Oceanics, Inc. (NYSE:ATW): Up 48.3% in the past year.
Bronco Drilling Company, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRNC): Up 2% in the past year.

Other Five-Star Computer Hardware Companies
iCAD, Inc. (NASDAQ:ICAD): Stock price is 30.9% cheaper than last year.
LanOptics Ltd. (NASDAQ:EZCH): Stock price is unchanged since last year.

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