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 140,000-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

Brasil Telecom S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:BTM)


Building Products

5 Stars

518 of 535

Wipro Limited (ADR) (NYSE:WIT)


IT Services

3 Stars

404 of 429

Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (USA) (NYSE:IVN)


Metals and Mining

2 Stars

262 of 294

Source: Motley Fool CAPS, as of October 5, 2009

Top-rated building products companies:

  • Ameron International Corp (NYSE:AMN): Stock price is 20% higher than last year.
  • Apogee Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:APOG): Stock price is 19% higher than last year.

Top-rated IT services companies:

  • Patni Computer Systems Limited (ADR) (NYSE:PTI): Stock price is 149% higher than last year.
  • MoneyGram International, Inc. (NYSE:MGI): Stock price is 117% higher than last year.

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