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 (indicated by four- and five-star ratings) could suggest that further research is in order.

Here are three such stocks:


Today’s Low


CAPS Rating

Fools Saying Outperform



Consumer Non-durables


1756 of 2376

Trina Solar (NYSE:TSL)




830 of 1002

Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE:AMD)




2358 of 2944

Source: Motley Fool CAPS, as of July 25, 2008.

While those two-star stocks are all hitting lows, others in their respective industries earned top ratings.

Four- and five-star consumer nondurables companies:

  • Potlatch (NYSE:PCH) -- stock price is up 6.7% over the last year.
  • Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG) -- stock price is up 3.1% over the last year.

Five-star electronics companies:

  • Lam Research (NASDAQ:LRCX) – stock price is 44.8% cheaper than last year.
  • Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (NYSE:TSM) -- stock price is 9.4% cheaper than last year.

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