Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, industrial and construction supplies specialist Fastenal Company (Nasdaq: FAST ) has received a distressing two-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Fastenal's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
||Winona, Minn. (1967)
||Trading companies and distributors
||CEO Willard Oberton (since 2002)
CFO Daniel Florness (since 2002)
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)
||$144.8 million / $0
MSC Industrial Direct
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 7% of the 862 members who have rated Fastenal believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.
Just last month, one of those Fools, All-Star bradford86, touched on the stock's seemingly unsustainable price action:
Fastenal is repping out new all-time highs like it's nobody's business. Sell. Do not think twice. The valuation here is so high that a small misstep will result in lower prices. The chart is parabolic. Target: $30-$40. I'm betting CAPS points on this one coming back down to earth. Since when can you apply a P/E of 40 to a company set to grow at less than 20%? Well, if your answer was: "In your dreams." You'd be right. Mark my words, Fastenal will fall below $40 in the next 5 years.
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