When a stock hits a fresh low, it can mean that it’s a dirt cheap dream stock -- or that it’s 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 110,000-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 (those with four- and five-star ratings) could be a sign that further research is in order.

Here are three such stocks:


Today’s Low


CAPS Rating (out of 5)

Fools Saying Outperform


Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO)


Computer Hardware


7,030 of 7,406


Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. (NYSE:CBI)


Materials & Construction


1,049 of 1,072


O2Micro International Limited (ADR) (NASDAQ:OIIM)


Computer Hardware


156 of 164


Source: Motley Fool CAPS, as of July 16, 2008.

Other Four- and Five-Star Computer Hardware Companies
Seagate Technology (NYSE:STX): Stock price is 22.7% cheaper than last year.
EMC Corp (NYSE:EMC): Stock price is 34.7% cheaper than last year.

Other Five-Star Materials & Construction Companies
Foster Wheeler Ltd. (NASDAQ:FWLT): Up 1.9% in the past year.
Fluor Corp (NYSE:FLR): Up 43.3% in the past year.

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