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 115,000-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 Low


CAPS Rating (Out of 5)

Fools Saying Outperform

iShares MSCI Japan Index (ETF) (NYSE:EWJ)


Closed-End Fund -- Equity

4 Stars

345 of 369

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA (ADR)


Foreign Regional Banks

3 Stars

176 of 186

Chindex International (NASDAQ:CHDX)


Medical Equipment Wholesale

4 Stars

172 of 185

Source: Motley Fool CAPS, as of Aug. 19, 2008.

Other foreign regional banks:

  • Banco Bradesco S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:BBD): Stock price is 20% higher than last year.
  • Bancolombia S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:CIB): Stock price is 8% higher than last year.

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