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 yesterday. The community's approval (signified by four- and five-star ratings) could indicate that further research is in order.

Here are three such stocks:


Yesterday's Adjusted Close


CAPS Rating (out of 5)

Fools Saying Outperform



Oil & Gas Equipment & Services

5 Stars

437 of 455

Seabridge Gold, Inc. (USA) (AMEX:SA)



2  Stars

314 of 380

BP plc (ADR) (NYSE:BP)


Major Integrated Oil & Gas

4 Stars

1931 of 2049

Source: Motley Fool CAPS, as of Sept. 3, 2008.

Top-rated oil & gas equipment & services companies:

  • Boots & Coots Intl. Well, Inc. (AMEX:WEL): Stock price is 134% higher than last year.
  • Lufkin Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:LUFK): Stock price is 48% higher than last year.

Top-rated gold companies:

  • Rio Tinto plc (ADR) (NYSE:RTP): Stock price is 25% higher than last year.
  • Kinross Gold Corp (USA) (NYSE:KGC): Stock price is 23% higher than last year.

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