How to buy Fastenal Company shares

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Fastenal Company (FAST) is a leading industrial distribution business based in the US. Fastenal Company is listed on the NASDAQ and employs 17,836 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Fastenal Company

  1. Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
  2. Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
  3. Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  4. Search the platform for stock code: FAST in this case.
  5. Research Fastenal Company shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Fastenal Company shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

Fastenal Company share price

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Fastenal Company shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-01-23.
52-week range$26.0258 - $51.89
50-day moving average $49.3924
200-day moving average $46.886
Wall St. target price$50.5
PE ratio 32.0268
Dividend yield $1.12 (2.35%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $1.49
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Share dealing platform comparison

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Name Product Price per trade Frequent trader rate Platform fees Brand description
Fineco
£2.95
£2.95
Zero platform fee
Your first 100 trades are free with Fineco, T&Cs apply.
Fineco Bank is good for share traders and investors looking for a complete platform and wide offer. Capital at risk.
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0% commission, no markup, no ticket fee, no management fee
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Withdrawal fee & GDP to USD deposit conversion
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£0
£0
Zero platform fee
Join and receive a free share worth up to £100
Access unlimited commission-free trading on 3,800+ US stocks and ETFs with Stake. Capital at risk.
IG
0% commission on US shares, and £3 on UK shares
From £5
£0 - £24 per quarter
IG is good for experienced traders, and offers learning resources for beginners, all with wide access to shares, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
Degiro Share Dealing
£1.75 + 0.022% (max £5.00)
£1.75 + 0.022% (max £5.00)
Portfolio transfer fees (in & out)
Degiro is widely seen as one of the best low-cost share brokers, for people who are looking to trade regularly. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account
£11.95
£5.95
No fees
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's number one platform for private investors, with the depth of features you'd expect from an established platform. Capital at risk.
Interactive Investor
From £7.99 on the Investor Service Plan
From £7.99 on the Investor Service Plan
No transfer fees or exit fees. £9.99 a month on the Investor Service Plan
Open an ISA, Trading Account or SIPP you will get £100 of free trades to buy or sell any investment (new customers only).
Interactive Investor offers everything most investors need. Its flat fees makes it pricey for small portfolios, but cheap for big ones. Capital at risk.
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Name Product Minimum deposit Maximum annual fee Price per trade Brand description
Interactive Investor stocks and shares ISA
Any lump sum or £25 a month
£119.88
£7.99
Interactive Investor offers everything most investors need. Its flat fees makes it pricey for small portfolios, but cheap for big ones. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm stocks and shares ISA
£1500
0.75%
£0
Moneyfarm helps you meet your investment goals with fully-managed portfolios designed around you. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.45%
£11.95
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got everything you'll need, from beginners to experienced investors. Capital at risk.
Nutmeg stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.75%
£0
Nutmeg offers three types of portfolios. Choose the one that goes with your investment style. Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets stocks and shares ISA
No minimum deposit requirement
0.12%
£8.00
Saxo Markets offers a wide access to a range of stocks, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell stocks and shares ISA
£500
0.25%
£9.95
AJ Bell is a good all-rounder for people who to choose between shares, funds, ISAs and pensions. Capital at risk.
Fidelity stocks and shares ISA
£1000 or a regular savings plan from £50
0.35%
£10.00
Fidelity is another good all-rounder, offering a good package at a decent price. Not suited for trading shares. Capital at risk.
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
£100 or £20 a month
0.61%
N/A
Legal & General is a big financial services company which offers insurance, lifetime mortgage, pensions and stocks and shares ISAs. Capital at risk.
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Name Product Minimum investment Choose from Annual fee Brand description
Interactive Investor Pension
Any lump sum or £25 a month
Over 3,000 funds
£10/month
interactive investor is a flat-fee platform, which makes it cost effective for larger portfolios. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm Pension
£1,500 (initial investment)
7 funds
0.35%-0.75%
Moneyfarm has pensions that are matched against your risk appetite, goals and planned retirement date. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell Pension
£1,000
Over 2,000 funds
0.05-0.25%
AJ Bell has two different pension options, a self managed pension and one that is managed for you. Capital at risk.
PensionBee Pension
No minimum
7 funds
0.5% - 0.95%
Pension Bee is a newbie in the pension market. It helps consolidate your pension plans into one place. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown Pension
£100 or £25 a month
2,500 funds
0-0.45%
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got three different retirement options. Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets Pension
Saxo Markets Pension
£10
Over 11,000 funds
No annual fee
Saxo Markets gives flexibility and control over your investment strategy. Capital at risk.
Penfold
Penfold
No minimum
4 portfolios
0.75-0.88%
Moneybox Pension
£1
3 funds
0.15% - 0.45% charged monthly
Manage your money with an easy-to-use Moneybox app. Capital at risk.
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Is it a good time to buy Fastenal Company stock?

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Is Fastenal Company under- or over-valued?

Valuing Fastenal Company stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Fastenal Company's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Fastenal Company's P/E ratio

Fastenal Company's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 32x. In other words, Fastenal Company shares trade at around 32x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

Fastenal Company's PEG ratio

Fastenal Company's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.9238. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Fastenal Company's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Fastenal Company's EBITDA

Fastenal Company's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $1.3 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Fastenal Company's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Fastenal Company financials

Revenue TTM $5.6 billion
Operating margin TTM 20.19%
Gross profit TTM $2.6 billion
Return on assets TTM 18.36%
Return on equity TTM 31.83%
Profit margin 15.21%
Book value $4.76
Market capitalisation $27.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell Fastenal Company shares

  1. Create a CFD or spread betting account.
  2. Search for the stock code. E.g. "FAST.US"
  3. Choose your position size.
  4. Select "sell" rather than "buy".
  5. Confirm your position and keep tabs on it. You may wish to set limits on your position.

There are currently 15.3 million Fastenal Company shares held short by investors – that's known as Fastenal Company's "short interest". This figure is 14.4% up from 13.3 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Fastenal Company shares can be evaluated.

Fastenal Company's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Fastenal Company's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Fastenal Company shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Fastenal Company shares traded daily (recently around 3.0 million). Fastenal Company's SIR currently stands at 5.1. In other words for every 100,000 Fastenal Company shares traded daily on the market, roughly 5100 shares are currently held short.

However Fastenal Company's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Fastenal Company shares, or, against the total number of tradable Fastenal Company shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Fastenal Company's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Fastenal Company shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0304% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Fastenal Company shares, roughly 30 shares are currently held short).

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Fastenal Company.

Find out more about how you can short Fastenal Company stock.

Fastenal Company's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Fastenal Company.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Fastenal Company's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 28.05

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Fastenal Company's overall score of 28.05 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 37th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Fastenal Company is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Fastenal Company's environmental score

Environmental score: 11.67/100

Fastenal Company's environmental score of 11.67 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Fastenal Company is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Fastenal Company's social score

Social score: 12.76/100

Fastenal Company's social score of 12.76 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Fastenal Company is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Fastenal Company's governance score

Governance score: 14.13/100

Fastenal Company's governance score puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Fastenal Company is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Fastenal Company's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, Fastenal Company scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Fastenal Company has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Fastenal Company was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 28.05
Total ESG percentile 37.06
Environmental score 11.67
Environmental score percentile 8
Social score 12.76
Social score percentile 8
Governance score 14.13
Governance score percentile 8
Level of controversy 2

Fastenal Company share dividends

66%

Dividend payout ratio: 65.56% of net profits

Recently Fastenal Company has paid out, on average, around 65.56% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.35% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Fastenal Company shareholders could enjoy a 2.35% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Fastenal Company's case, that would currently equate to about $1.12 per share.

Fastenal Company's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

Fastenal Company's most recent dividend payout was on 3 March 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 2 February 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Fastenal Company's shares ever split?

Fastenal Company's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 23 May 2019. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Fastenal Company shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Fastenal Company shares which in turn could have impacted Fastenal Company's share price.

Fastenal Company share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Fastenal Company's shares have ranged in value from as little as $26.0258 up to $51.89. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

FAST.US volatility(beta: 1.2)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Fastenal Company's is 1.1954. This would suggest that Fastenal Company's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

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Fastenal Company overview

Fastenal Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the wholesale distribution of industrial and construction supplies in the United States, Canada, Mexico, North America, and internationally. It offers fasteners, and related industrial and construction supplies under the Fastenal name. The company's fastener products include threaded fasteners, bolts, nuts, screws, studs, and related washers, which are used in manufactured products and construction projects, as well as in the maintenance and repair of machines. It also offers miscellaneous supplies and hardware, including pins, machinery keys, concrete anchors, metal framing systems, wire ropes, strut products, rivets, and related accessories. The company serves the manufacturing market comprising original equipment manufacturers; maintenance, repair, and operations; and non-residential construction market, which includes general, electrical, plumbing, sheet metal, and road contractors. It also serves farmers, truckers, railroads, mining companies, schools, and retail trades; and oil exploration, production, and refinement companies, as well as federal, state, and local governmental entities. The company distributes its products through a network 2,114 branches and 15 distribution centers. Fastenal Company was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Winona, Minnesota.

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