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 (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

Fools Saying Outperform





3521 of 3742





170 of 185

Silicon Motion Technology (NASDAQ:SIMO)




564 of 573

Source: Motley Fool CAPS, as of July 28, 2008.

Four- and five-star telecommunications companies:

  • Turkcell (NYSE:TKC) -- stock price is 11.1% cheaper than last year.
  • Verizon (NYSE:VZ) -- stock price is 20.3% cheaper than last year.

Four- and five-star electronics companies:

  • Trimble Navigation Limited (NASDAQ:TRMB) -- up 0.1% in the last year.
  • Tyco Electronics (NYSE:TEL) -- stock price is 5.4% cheaper than last year.

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Fool Analyst Dan Dzombak enjoys Turkish cuisine. He does not have a financial position in any of the stocks mentioned in this article. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.