Stocks hitting fresh highs can either signal that a stock is on its way to greatness or that it has run its course. Even with the risk of the latter, searching for these outperformers can reveal companies that are doing something right, much to their investors' delight.

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With that in mind, we'll use the aggregate intelligence of the 110,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS to find stocks hitting 52-week highs today. The community's approval (those with four- and five-star ratings) could be a sign that further research is in order.

Here are three such stocks:


Today's High


CAPS Rating

Fools Saying Outperform


Amedisys (NASDAQ:AMED)


Health services


690 of 703


Southern Copper (NYSE:PCU)


Metals and mining


3,482 of 3,612


Wabtec (NYSE:WAB)




345 of 350


Source: Motley Fool CAPS, as of July 14, 2008.

Other five-star metals and mining companies

Cameco (NYSE:CCJ) -- stock price is 20.1% cheaper than a year ago

Sterlite Industries India (ADR) (NYSE:SLT) -- stock price is 13.5% cheaper than a year ago

Other five-star transportation companies

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) -- stock is up 20.7% in past year

Trinity Industries (NYSE:TRN) -- stock price is 32.4% cheaper than a year ago

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