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 115,000-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 Adjusted Close


CAPS Rating (out of 5)

Fools Saying Outperform

Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:QSII)


Healthcare Information Services

5 Stars

2026 of 2083

Nicor, Inc. (NYSE:GAS)


Gas Utilities

4 Stars

114 of 128

Medifast, Inc. (NYSE:MED)


Specialty Retail, Other

2 Stars

109 of 133

Source: Motley Fool CAPS, as of Aug. 27, 2008.

Five-star health-care information services companies:

  • HLTH Corp (NASDAQ:HLTH): Stock price is 11% less than last year.

Five-star gas utilities companies:

  • TransCanada Corp (USA) (NYSE:TRP): Stock price is 13% higher than last year.
  • Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE): Stock price is 9% higher than last year.

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Disclosure is important to us here at The Motley Fool. The stocks mentioned in this article received their CAPS ratings from participants in The Motley Fool's CAPS service and have hit 52-week highs during yesterday's trading. No individual person selected the stocks in this article, so there is no author to disclose an interest in them. Annual performance is measured over a 365-day period. Since this article was automatically generated by identifying the stocks rated by the CAPS community and by buyers in today’s market, it is possible that Motley Fool personnel (and even The Motley Fool itself, through our Million Dollar Portfolio), have positions in these stocks. We thought you'd like to know that. You can learn more about The Motley Fool’s disclosure policy here.