When a stock hits a fresh high, it can be on its way to greatness -- or it may have 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 135,000-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 three such stocks:


Today's Intraday Price


CAPS Rating (out of 5)

Fools Saying Outperform

MF Global (NYSE:MF)


Capital Markets

3 Stars

257 of 288

Companhia Paranaense de Energia (ADR) (NYSE:ELP)


Electric Utilities

5 Stars

457 of 468

Dillard's (NYSE:DDS)


Multiline Retail

1 Stars

105 of 318

Source: Motley Fool CAPS, as of Sept. 22, 2009.

Top-Rated Capital Markets Companies:

  • U.S. Global Investors (NASDAQ:GROW): Stock price is 43% higher than last year.
  • Knight Capital Group (NASDAQ:NITE): Stock price is 40% higher than last year.

Top-Rated Electric Utilities Companies:

  • Enersis S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:ENI): Stock price is 23% higher than last year.
  • Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (NYSE:BIP): Stock price is 16% 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.

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