When a stock hits a fresh low, it can either signal a dirt cheap dream stock or 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 (represented by four- and five-star ratings) could signal that further research is in order.

Here are three such stocks:


Today's Low


CAPS Rating

Fools Saying Outperform


DuPont (NYSE:DD)




994 of 1058






3431 of 3645


MetLife (NYSE:MET)




468 of 490


Source: Motley Fool CAPS, as of July 15, 2008.

Other five-star chemicals companies:

  • Agrium (NYSE:AGU) -- up 128% in the past year
  • Praxair (NYSE:PX) -- up 22% in the past year

Five-star telecommunications companies:

  • America Movil (NYSE:AMX) -- stock price is 23.2% cheaper than last year
  • Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (NYSE:MBT) -- up 9.6% in the past year

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Fool analyst Dan Dzombak spends his days searching for great investments. He does not have a financial position in any of the stocks mentioned in this article. The Motley Fool has awesome people and a disclosure policy.