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 120,000-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

LSB Industries, Inc. (AMEX:LXU)


General Building Materials

4 Stars

543 of 560

AU Optronics Corp. (ADR) (NYSE:AUO)


Computer Peripherals

5 Stars

487 of 507

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ:CLNE)


Oil & Gas Pipelines

4 Stars

694 of 720

Source: Motley Fool CAPS, as of Oct. 29, 2008.

Top-rated general building materials companies:

  • Fastenal Company (NASDAQ:FAST): Stock price is 11% lower than last year.
  • AAON, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAON): Stock price is 11% lower than last year.

Top-rated computer peripherals companies:

  • iCAD, INC. (NASDAQ:ICAD): Stock price is 10% lower than last year.
  • Secure Computing Corp (NASDAQ:SCUR): Stock price is 41% lower than last year.

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