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 (represented by  four- and five-star ratings) could signal that further research is in order.

Here are three such stocks:


Today's High


CAPS Rating

Fools Saying Outperform


Grey Wolf (NYSE:GW)




921 of 962


UltraShort Financials ProShares (AMEX:SKF)


Financial services


823 of 997


General Mills (NYSE:GIS)


Food & beverage


394 of 433


Source: Motley Fool CAPS, as of July 15, 2008.

Five-star energy companies:

  • Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) -- up 39.9% in the past year.
  • El Paso Corp. (NYSE:EP) -- up 12% in the past year.

Five-star food & beverage companies:

  • AgFeed Industries (NASDAQ:FEED) -- up 84.5% in the past year.
  • Diageo (ADR) (NYSE:DEO) -- stock price is 18.5% cheaper than a year ago.

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Fool analyst Dan Dzombak wishes he had invested in these companies. Unfortunately, he does not have a financial position in any of the stocks mentioned in this article. Diageo is a Motley Fool Income Investor recommendation. Try any of our Foolish newsletters today, free for 30 days. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.