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:

Company

Today’s Intraday Price

Industry

CAPS Rating (out of 5)

Fools Saying Outperform

Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (NYSE:UTI)

$21.05

Diversified Consumer Services

3 Stars

393 of 442

The TJX Companies, Inc. (NYSE:TJX)

$40.12

Specialty Retail

2 Stars

316 of 378

Skechers USA Inc. (NYSE:SKX)

$24.46

Textiles, Apparel and Luxury Goods

3 Stars

294 of 321

Source: Motley Fool CAPS, as of October 22, 2009

Top-Rated diversified consumer services companies:

  • Sotheby's (NYSE:BID): Stock price is 116% higher than last year.
  • Noah Education (NYSE:NED): Stock price is 79% higher than last year.

Top-Rated specialty retail companies:

  • The Pep Boys - Manny, Moe & Jack (NYSE:PBY): Stock price is 180% higher than last year.
  • PetSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ:PETM): Stock price is 26% 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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