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 Intraday Price


CAPS Rating (out of 5)

Fools Saying Outperform

Oneok Partners LP (NYSE:OKS)


Oil & Gas Pipelines

4 Stars

271 of 280

Companhia de Saneamento Basico (ADR) (NYSE:SBS)


Foreign Utilities

5 Stars

937 of 944

Parker Hannifin Corp (NYSE:PH)


Industrial Equipment & Components

4 Stars

447 of 461

Source: Motley Fool CAPS, as of Sept. 18, 2008.

Top-rated oil & gas pipelines companies:

  • Enbridge, Inc. (USA) (NYSE:ENB): Stock price is 14% higher than last year.
  • Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ:CLNE): Stock price is 11% higher than last year.

Top-rated foreign utilities companies:

  • CPFL Energia S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:CPL): Stock price is 9% lower than last year.
  • Enersis S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:ENI): Stock price is 16% lower than last year.

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