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 125,000-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

iPath S&P GSCI Crude Oil Index (NYSE:OIL)



3 Stars

346 of 410

Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD)


Oil, Gas and Consumable Fuels

3 Stars

239 of 251

United States Oil Fund (NYSE:USO)


Capital Markets

3 Stars

825 of 995

Source: Motley Fool CAPS, as of Dec. 26, 2008.

Top-Rated companies:

  • PowerShares DB Gold Fund (NYSE:DGL): Stock price is 3% higher than last year.
  • Global Wind Energy (NASDAQ:PWND): Stock price is % lower than last year.

Top-Rated oil, gas and consumable fuels companies:

  • VAALCO Energy (NYSE:EGY): Stock price is 26% higher than last year.
  • Nordic American Tanker Shipping (NYSE:NAT): Stock price is 19% higher than last year.

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