If you're aiming to buy low and sell high, then it makes infinite sense to start your search with bargain-priced stocks. Regularly reviewing a list of stocks trading near their 52-week lows can be a great first step.

In this series, I do the initial legwork for you. To prevent us from being inundated with scores of disparate companies, I conduct my search by industry. This allows us to make some initial comparisons among semi-related companies.

Today, let's look at the computers and peripherals sector. Below are the seven stocks that are within 25% of their 52-week lows and have market caps above $200 million.

Company

Recent Price

52-Week Low

52-Week High

P/E Ratio (Trailing)

Smart Technologies (Nasdaq: SMT) $3.57 $3.51 $13.52 5.0
Avid Technology (Nasdaq: AVID) $6.37 $6.33 $23.35 NM
Imation (NYSE: IMN) $6.92 $6.35 $12.36 NM
China Digital TV (NYSE: STV) $3.92 $3.48 $9.49 6.1
Western Digital (NYSE: WDC) $27.30 $22.64 $41.87 8.4
Electronics for Imaging (Nasdaq: EFII) $15.31 $12.64 $19.17 31.0
QLogic (Nasdaq: QLGC) $14.55 $11.95 $18.83 10.7

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Yahoo! Finance. NM = not meaningful.

Smart Technologies, a digital whiteboard maker, is hugging its 52-week low and trading for just five times trailing earnings due to investor concerns over future education spending in the U.S.

Meanwhile, Avid Technology has been on a downward slide since it reported a second straight quarter of unexpected losses earlier this year. Last week, it reported an adjusted profit, but (1) it was lower than analysts expected, (2) it was only a penny per share, and (3) on a GAAP basis, Avid still reported a loss.

Moving further down the list, Western Digital is selling slightly below the price fellow analyst Jim Mueller recommended shares at back in September.

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