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 two such stocks:


Today’s Intraday Price


CAPS Rating (Out of 5)

Fools Saying Outperform

AeroVironment (NASDAQ:AVAV)


Aerospace and Defense

4 Stars

464 of 485

Myriad Genetics (NASDAQ:MYGN)



3 Stars

248 of 277

Source: Motley Fool CAPS, as of Jan. 5, 2009.

Top-rated aerospace and defense companies:

  • Axsys Technologies (NASDAQ:AXYS): Stock price is 53% higher than last year.
  • American Science & Engineering (NASDAQ:ASEI): Stock price is 41% higher than last year.

Top-rated specialty retail companies:

  • Tractor Supply (NASDAQ:TSCO): Stock price is 15% higher than last year.
  • O'Reilly Automotive (NASDAQ:ORLY): Stock price is 3% higher than last year.

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Disclosure is important to us here at The Motley Fool. The stocks mentioned in this article received their CAPS ratings from participants in The Motley Fool's CAPS service and have hit 52-week highs during today's trading. No individual person selected the stocks in this article, so there is no author to disclose an interest in them. Annual performance is measured over a 365-day period. Since this article was automatically generated by identifying the stocks rated by the CAPS community and by buyers in today’s market, it is possible that Motley Fool personnel (and even The Motley Fool itself) have positions in these stocks. We thought you'd like to know that. You can learn more about The Motley Fool’s disclosure policy.