Jefferies lifts Fastenal Company [FAST] price estimate. Who else is bullish?

Fastenal Company [NASDAQ: FAST] stock went on an upward path that rose over 2.62% on Thursday, amounting to a one-week price increase of more than 2.92%. The company report on January 19, 2023 that Fastenal Company Reports 2022 Annual and Fourth Quarter Earnings.

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Fastenal Company (Nasdaq:FAST), a leader in the wholesale distribution of industrial and construction supplies, today announced its financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2022. Except for share and per share information, or as otherwise noted below, dollar amounts are stated in millions. Throughout this document, percentage and dollar calculations, which are based on non-rounded dollar values, may not be able to be recalculated using the dollar values included in this document due to the rounding of those dollar values. References to daily sales rate (DSR) change may reflect either growth (positive) or contraction (negative) for the applicable period.

Over the last 12 months, FAST stock rose by 2.60%. The one-year Fastenal Company stock forecast points to a potential downside of -4.57. The average equity rating for FAST stock is currently 3.10, trading closer to a bullish pattern in the stock market.

The market cap for the stock reached $30.29 billion, with 571.01 million shares outstanding and 569.74 million shares in the current float. Compared to the average trading volume of 3.39M shares, FAST stock reached a trading volume of 3196264 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

Guru’s Opinion on Fastenal Company [FAST]:

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for FAST shares is $50.59 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on FAST stock is a recommendation set at 3.10. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.

Jefferies have made an estimate for Fastenal Company shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Hold, with their previous recommendation back on October 17, 2022. The new note on the price target was released on July 14, 2022, representing the official price target for Fastenal Company stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise from $50 to $58, while Wells Fargo kept a Equal Weight rating on FAST stock. On October 08, 2021, analysts decreased their price target for FAST shares from 50 to 45.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Fastenal Company is set at 1.19, with the Price to Sales ratio for FAST stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 4.34. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 9.55, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 0.40. Price to Free Cash Flow for FAST in the course of the last twelve months was 541.89 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 1.80.

FAST Stock Performance Analysis:

Fastenal Company [FAST] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 2.92. With this latest performance, FAST shares gained by 4.65% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 4.71% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 2.60% in the past year of trading.

Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for FAST stock in for the last two-week period is set at 58.66, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 61.36, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 57.38 for Fastenal Company [FAST]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 50.07, while it was recorded at 51.76 for the last single week of trading, and 50.19 for the last 200 days.

Insight into Fastenal Company Fundamentals:

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Fastenal Company [FAST] shares currently have an operating margin of +20.82 and a Gross Margin at +43.69. Fastenal Company’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +15.57.

Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 35.03, with Return on Assets sitting at 24.57.

Fastenal Company’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 1.80 and a Current Ratio set at 4.00.


The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for FAST. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for Fastenal Company go to 6.33%.

Fastenal Company [FAST] Insider Position Details

There are presently around $24,403 million, or 79.30% of FAST stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of FAST stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 69,697,102, which is approximately 0.993% of the company’s market cap and around 0.10% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 45,016,302 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $2.38 billion in FAST stocks shares; and STATE STREET CORP, currently with $1.49 billion in FAST stock with ownership of nearly 0.786% of the company’s market capitalization.

Positions in Fastenal Company stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of Thursday and at the time of the Thursday reporting period, where 451 institutional holders increased their position in Fastenal Company [NASDAQ:FAST] by around 26,844,728 shares. Additionally, 475 investors decreased positions by around 18,433,593 shares, while 177 investors held positions by with 416,024,239 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 461,302,560 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. FAST stock had 107 new institutional investments in for a total of 8,414,727 shares, while 68 institutional investors sold positions of 4,756,107 shares during the same period.


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