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 two such stocks:


Today’s Intraday Price


CAPS Rating (out of 5)

Fools Saying Outperform

Rio Tinto plc (ADR) (NYSE:RTP)


Metals and Mining

4 Stars

1092 of 1134

Aracruz Celulose S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:ARA)


Paper and Forest Products

4 Stars

259 of 272

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

Top-rated wireless telecommunication services companies:

  • Partner Communications Company Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ:PTNR): Stock price is 20% lower than last year.
  • Cellcom Israel Ltd. (NYSE:CEL): Stock price is 25% lower than last year.

Top-rated metals and mining companies:

  • Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE:CMP): Stock price is 31% higher than last year.

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