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A look at a High Market Cap Stock: Fastenal Company, FAST

Fastenal Company, FAST is in the exchange NASDAQ and its industry is Industrial Equipment Wholesale in the sector of Services. Based in USA, Fastenal Company, FAST  has a market cap of 12347.37. Since its IPO date on the 3/26/1990, Fastenal Company, FAST performance year to date is 5.90%. Today Fastenal Company, FAST has gained -1.01%, with a current price of 42.3.

Ownership of the company is 0.10% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 85.30%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 66.30%. Return of assets are at 19.50%, with return on investment at 24.00%.

In terms of debt levels and profit levels, Fastenal Company, FAST is seeing a long-term debt/equity of 0.19. While Total debt/equity is 0.23. With a profit margin of 12.90%, this is combined with a gross margin of 49.90%, and operating margin of 20.70%. Fastenal Company ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of 4.4, while the quick ratio is 2.

For the last year Fastenal Company, FAST has seen a EPS growth of 6.40%. A performance for the year of 11.57%. The 52-week high is -14.21%, and the 52-week low is 23.16%. The average volume for Fastenal Company, FAST is 2887600.

With a target price of 43.67, can Fastenal Company, FAST reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of Fastenal Company, FAST. Fastenal Company has a P/E of 24.21 and a forward P/E of 22.83. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 2.61. Fastenal Company also has a P/S and a P/B of 3.15 and 6.54 respectively. For P/cash, Fastenal Company has a value of 79.4, while it is 291.9 for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 42.3, Fastenal Company has a dividend yield of 2.84%. We see a return on equity of 27.80%.

Looking more long-term Fastenal Company, is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 9.26%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 6.56% in the next year is forecasted. This is after a EPS growth of 6.40% for this year and for the last five years a 14.50% growth has been seen.

Disclaimer: Remember there is a risk to your investment, this is not a recommendation, nor personal advice, never invest more than you are able too loose.

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