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 120,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS to find stocks hitting 52-week highs today. 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:


Today’s Intraday Price


CAPS Rating (out of 5)

Fools Saying Outperform

Cogent, Inc. (NASDAQ:COGT)


Electronic Equipment, Instruments and Components

4 Stars

536 of 556

Philadelphia Consolidated Holding Corp. (NASDAQ:PHLY)



5 Stars

236 of 250

American Science & Engineering, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASEI)


Aerospace and Defense

4 Stars

932 of 970

Source: Motley Fool CAPS, as of Nov. 28, 2008.

Top-Rated electronic equipment, instruments and components companies:

  • SAIC, Inc. (NYSE:SAI): Stock price is -10% lower than last year.
  • FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:FLIR): Stock price is -11% lower than last year.

Top-Rated insurance companies:

  • Quanta Capital Holdings Ltd. (NASDAQ:QNTA): Stock price is 124% higher than last year.
  • ProCentury Corp (NASDAQ:PROS): Stock price is 28% higher than last year.

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