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


Darling International (NYSE:DAR)


Consumer non-durables


691 of 708


Barr Pharmaceuticals (NYSE:BRL)




826 of 860


Flowers Foods (NYSE:FLO)


Food and beverage


203 of 211


Source: Motley Fool CAPS, as of July 17, 2008.

Other Five-Star Consumer Non-Durable Companies

  • Greif (NYSE:GEF) -- stock price is 9.4% cheaper than a year ago.
  • Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG) -- up 1.2% in past year.

Other Five Star Drugs Companies

  • Teva Pharmaceutical (NASDAQ:TEVA) -- stock price is 2.4% cheaper than last year.
  • Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) -- up 7.8% in past year.

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Fool Analyst Dan Dzombak does not have a financial position in any of the stocks mentioned in this article. Johnson & Johnson is a Motley Fool Income Investor pick. Barr Pharmaceuticals is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor recommendation. Try any of our Foolish newsletters today, free for 30 days. The Motley Fool disclosure policy knows how to handle itself.