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

Baker Hughes, Inc. (NYSE:BHI)


Energy Equipment and Services

4 Stars

998 of 1033

United States Natural Gas Fund, LP (NYSE:UNG)



5 Stars

484 of 504

Permian Basin Royalty Trust (NYSE:PBT)


Oil, Gas and Consumable Fuels

5 Stars

540 of 554

Source: Motley Fool CAPS, as of Dec. 4, 2008.

Other top-rated companies:

  • Grey Wolf, Inc. (AMEX:GW): Stock price is 10% higher than last year.
  • CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSE:FXY): Stock price is 20% higher than last year.

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