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

BT Group plc (ADR) (NYSE:BT)


Telecom Services - Foreign

3 Stars

102 of 113

iStar Financial, Inc. (NYSE:SFI)


Credit Services

3 Stars

224 of 248

Tongjitang Chinese Medicines Co. (ADR) (NYSE:TCM)



4 Stars

270 of 284

Source: Motley Fool CAPS, as of Aug. 21, 2008.

Five-star telecom services - foreign companies:

  • Brasil Telecom Part. S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:BRP): Stock price is 23% higher than last year.
  • Tele Norte Leste Participacoes SA (ADR) (NYSE:TNE): Stock price is 20% higher than last year.

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