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 (as signified by 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

Fools Saying Outperform

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE:CMG)




1,680 of 1,924

Allegheny Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:ATI)


Metals and mining


919 of 964

The Corporate Executive Board Company (NASDAQ:EXBD)


Diversified services


357 of 380

Source: Motley Fool CAPS, as of July 24, 2008.

Five-star leisure companies

  • Melco PBL Entertainment (Macau) Limited (NASDAQ:MPEL): Stock price is 38.3% cheaper than last year.
  • The9 Limited (ADR) (NASDAQ:NCTY): Stock price is 45.3% cheaper than last year.

Five-star metals and mining companies

  • Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, Inc. (NYSE:FCX): Stock price is 0.2% cheaper than last year.
  • BHP Billiton Limited (ADR) (NYSE:BHP): Stock price is up 6.8% in the past year.

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Fool analyst Dan Dzombak loves CAPS and ping-pong. He does not have a financial position in any of the stocks mentioned in this article. Melco Crown Entertainment is a Global Gains recommendation. Corporate Executive Board is an Inside Value selection. Chipotle Mexican Grill is both a Rule Breakers and a Motley Fool Hidden Gems pick, and the Fool owns shares of Chipotle. Corporate Executive Board is a Stock Advisor recommendation. Try any of our Foolish newsletters today, free for 30 days. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.