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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 12596.09. Since its IPO date on the 3/26/1990, Fastenal Company, FAST performance year to date is 9.41%. Today Fastenal Company, FAST has gained -0.14%, with a current price of 43.64.

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 21.59%. The 52-week high is -11.49%, and the 52-week low is 30.41%. The average volume for Fastenal Company, FAST is 531366.

With a target price of 43.13, can Fastenal Company, FAST reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of Fastenal Company, FAST. Fastenal Company has a P/E of 25.01 and a forward P/E of 23.55. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 2.7. Fastenal Company also has a P/S and a P/B of 3.21 and 6.75 respectively. For P/cash, Fastenal Company has a value of 81, while it is 297.78 for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 43.64, Fastenal Company has a dividend yield of 2.75%. 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 6.61% 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.

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