When a stock hits a fresh high, it can mean that it’s 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 yesterday. The community's approval (signified by four- and five-star ratings) could be a sign that further research is in order.

Here are three such stocks:


Yesterday’s High


CAPS Rating (out of 5)

Fools Saying Outperform

Philadelphia Consolidated Holding Corp. (NASDAQ:PHLY)


Property & Casualty Insurance

4 Stars

241 of 254

Alpharma, Inc. (NYSE:ALO)


Drug Manufacturers - Other

3 Stars

111 of 125

Boots & Coots Intl. Well, Inc. (AMEX:WEL)


Oil & Gas Equipment & Services

5 Stars

420 of 432

Source: Motley Fool CAPS, as of Aug. 26, 2008.

Five-star property & casualty insurance companies:

  • Quanta Capital Holdings Ltd. (NASDAQ:QNTA): Stock price is 103% higher than last year.
  • Darwin Professional Underwriters, Inc. (NYSE:DR): Stock price is 26% higher than last year.

Five-star drug manufacturers -- other companies:

  • Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ:TEVA): Stock price is 13% higher than last year.
  • Sinovac Biotech Ltd. (AMEX:SVA): Stock price is 8% higher than last year.

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