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 135,000-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

Energy Conversion Devices (NASDAQ:ENER)


Electrical Equipment

4 Stars

1119 of 1202

United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSE:UNG)


Natural Resources Funds

4 Stars

1249 of 1298

The9 Limited (NASDAQ:NCTY)



3 Stars

936 of 974

Source: Motley Fool CAPS, as of Aug. 31.

Top-rated electrical equipment companies:

  • Encore Wire (NASDAQ:WIRE): Stock price is 26% higher than last year.
  • Madeco S.A. (NYSE:MAD): Stock price is 8% higher than last year.

Top-rated natural resources funds companies:

  • United States 12 Month Oil (NYSE:USL): Stock price is % lower than last year.
  • PowerShares Water Resources (NYSE:PHO): Stock price is -27% lower 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 lows during today's trading.

No individual person selected the stocks in this article, so there is no author to disclose an interest in them. Since this article was automatically generated by identifying the stocks loved both by the CAPS community and by buyers in today’s market, it is possible that Motley Fool personnel (and even The Motley Fool itself, through our Million Dollar Portfolio, Motley Fool Pro, and Ready Made Millionaire services), have positions in these stocks. We thought you'd like to know that. You can learn more about The Motley Fool’s disclosure policy here.