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  • This Industrial Equipment Services Company Looks Good For The Long Term

    By ANUP SINGH - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: AIT, GWW, WCC

    With the previous recession, which started rearing its head toward late 2008 and continued through 2010, phasing out and the economy rebounding, this is a good sign for the construction industry which was the most brutally hit. As a result, the Industrial Equipment Wholesale business and Services sector should also see some momentum. U.S. service sector growth also indicates that the economy is getting better. The fastest growing industries more »

  • Why to Invest in Electrical Equipment Stocks

    By Damon Churchwell - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: EMR, NCR, GWW, WCC

    The electrical equipment industry is marked by certain aspects to a greater extent than other market sectors. Investors should seek out these factors in companies they are considering for investment. Specifically, the best sector participants are highlighted by one or more of the following features: Expansion into emerging geographical markets, accretive acquisitions, capitalizing on positive economic trends, and a broadening of existing technologies into untapped product markets. One example of more »

  • Generating Fast Profits From Industrials

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, FAST, GWW

    The manufacturing and construction industries should no doubt be big beneficiaries of the rising economy. What's one of the best ways to play the industry? Fastenal (NASDAQ: FAST) is the leading distributor of fasteners and industrial supplies in the U.S. One of the big reasons I like the stock is because the company pays a modest 2.1% dividend yield, but boasts a 27% return on equity. 

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  • Check Out These Upcoming Earnings Reports

    By Damon Churchwell - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: PKG, POOL, SON, GWW

    Perusing the earnings releases scheduled for the week of July 15, solid companies operating in mostly favorable environments can be found. The potential for earnings surprises seems decent, as ties to the housing, corrugated packaging, and industrial production/manufacturing activity are reflected in results.

    An electrical-equipment company at the top of its game

    W.W. Grainger (NYSE: GWW) encompasses numerous of the key aspects one should seek in an electrical more »

  • The Construction Business Is One of the Best Economic Recovery Plays

    By Matthew Frankel - June 14, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, FAST, GWW

    With the U.S. economy showing signs of finally producing a sustainable recovery, there are opportunities to be found in some of the companies that produce items that will benefit the most from an improved economy. One area that should tremendously benefit from improving economic fundamentals is the construction industry. An improved economy means more new homes being built, more renovations of existing homes, more commercial construction projects, and more more »

  • Intentional Investing: Tough Love on Housing Recovery (Part 4)

    By Penny Czarra - May 20, 2013 | Tickers: FAST, MSM, GWW

    Looking for some “housing recovery” investment prospects? Does reasonable growth + reasonable risk + reasonable price have a place in your portfolio?

    Well, that’s what I’m looking for right now. And I think I may have found three contenders worthy of further study.

    Surprise, surprise! There are businesses out there that generate impressive and consistent returns on invested capital. Industrial Traders/Distributors Fastenal (NASDAQ: FAST), MSC Industrial Direct (NYSE: MSMmore »)

  • An Attractive Opportunity Still Exists Despite the Market's Run Up

    By Greg Williamson - May 15, 2013 | Tickers: GE, KMB, GWW

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average is at an all-time high near 15,000. In 2009, when it fell below 7,000, most investors (including myself) could not have fathomed that it would get to this level so quickly. This is a reminder that the stock market is the best investment vehicle over the long haul for growing your nest egg. It is exciting to watch the Dow achieve the 15 more »

  • Is WESCO International a Buy Now?

    By Anh HOANG - May 10, 2013 | Tickers: AXE, GWW, WCC

    Recently, Barron’s released its list of the 500 strongest publicly traded corporations, measured by sales growth and cash flow returns on investment. Apple made to the top of the list, while WESCO International (NYSE: WCC) moved up from the 34th ranking last year, to the second ranking this year. Since the market bottom in March 2009, WESCO has been trending up, from $14 per share to more than more »

  • Why This Industrial Distributor Is Poised To Jump

    By Lalit Kumar - April 22, 2013 | Tickers: AXE, FAST, MSM, GWW, WCC

    The stock market has turned volatile after hitting new highs earlier this month. It is prudent to exercise caution and be stock specific while investing in these uncertain times. I would ideally prefer to invest in a stock trading at relatively low valuations, with good earnings visibility and some potential catalysts to take it higher. I scanned through a lot of companies trading at a discount to their average historical more »

  • Don't Miss out on This FAST Growing Stock

    By Marshall Hargrave - April 20, 2013 | Tickers: ARG, FAST, GWW

    Fastenal Company's (NASDAQ: FAST)name no longer does the company justice, as the company has grown from a fastener distributor to a full-line industrial supplier. This stock should be one of the faster growing stocks over the interim. In the first quarter of 2013, Fastenal saw its gross margin expand by 70 basis points year over year to 52.6%.
     
    One of Fastenal's most innovative initiatives is its more »
  • 3 Multi-Industry Companies on the Move

    By Masam Abbas - April 18, 2013 | Tickers: DOV, HON, GWW

    Multi-Industry players have received a mixed treatment from the market. Some have held a bullish stance on these stocks on the basis of strong ISM numbers (ISM is a manufacturing index), growth in non-residential construction sector, improvement in freight data and so on. However, on the other hand, bears haven’t been happy with how the Chinese economy has grown this year and they have found some valid reasons like more »

  • Don't Miss Out On This FAST Growing Stock

    By Marshall Hargrave - April 17, 2013 | Tickers: ARG, FAST, GWW

    Fastenal Company (NASDAQ: FAST)name is no longer does the company justice, as the company has grown from a fastener distributor to a full-line industrial supplier. This stock should be one of the fast-growing stocks over the interim. In the first quarter of 2013, Fastenal saw its gross margin expand by 70 basis points year over year to 52.6%.
     
    One of Fastenal's most innovative initiatives is its more »
  • How to Analyze a Multi-Industry Company?

    By Masam Abbas - April 15, 2013 | Tickers: DOV, HON, GWW

    Multi-Industry players have received a mixed treatment from the market. Some have held a bullish stance on these stocks on the basis of strong ISM numbers (ISM is a manufacturing index), growth in non-residential construction sector, improvement in freight data and so on. However, on the other hand, bears have haven’t been happy with how the Chinese economy has grown this year and they have found some valid reasons more »

  • Good Growth but This Company's Evaluation Looks Rich

    By Lee Samaha - January 23, 2013 | Tickers: FAST, HD, MSM, GWW

    Fastenal (NASDAQ: FAST) investors would have looked at the upcoming results with a sense of trepidation following MSC Industrial’s (NYSE: MSM) recent report. The good news is that they weren’t as bad as some had feared and the stock rallied. However, the underlying trends aren’t so positive for the industrial sector in general and much of the growth was related to expanding sales via its vending machines more »

  • Three Aristocrats for a Dividend-oriented Investment Portfolio

    By Fani Kelesidou - January 18, 2013 | Tickers: MCD, GWW, WAG

    At the moment, Greece is possibly one of the worst places to live and/or work in Europe. Don't get me wrong. We still enjoy the beautiful sunny weather and keep having an optimistic attitude towards life. The economic crisis that has made us so popular in the media has not crashed our spirit.

    However, most of us ended up with empty pockets. Finding a job at this time more »

  • Is There a Buying Opportunity in This Long Term Growth Story?

    By Lee Samaha - January 17, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, FAST, MSM, GWW

    It’s early in earnings season, but I think that one trend is already appearing in the industrial sector. Acuity Brands said earlier that its lighting customers had adopted a ‘wait and see’ approach to purchasing in the previous quarter (you can read about here). Its argument was that a combination of election and ‘fiscal cliff’ considerations caused customers to delay purchasing. It was a similar story with MSC Industrial more »

  • 5 High-DGR Dividend Stocks: "Plain Dividend Yield Is for Chumps"

    By Karin Hernandez - January 17, 2013 | Tickers: LOW, MCD, TGT, GWW, WAG

    Now that the fiscal cliff has been averted, pretty much, and the tax rate on dividends has escaped being raised to the level of regular income taxes, it seems that the category of dividend-paying stocks is poised to continue its phenomenal popularity and growth in 2013.

    A contributor on Y-Charts has recently begun a series of articles, whose title I love, decrying “plain dividend yield” in favor of examining a more »

  • This Fastener Supplier is Still Pricey

    By Anh HOANG - December 12, 2012 | Tickers: FAST, MSM, GWW

    Fastenal Company (NASDAQ: FAST) has seen some mixed signals of insider transactions since November. I’ve seen several articles mentioning that Daniel Florness, the company’s CFO, just bought 2,645 shares at an average price of $41.50 per share, with the total transaction value of nearly $110,000. However, dated in November, Robert Kierlin, the Independent Chairman, sold 200,000 shares, with the total transaction value of more more »

  • Fastenal’s CFO Bought About $100,000 in Stock

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - December 9, 2012 | Tickers: AXE, FAST, MSM, GWW, WCC

    Daniel Florness, the CFO of Fastenal Company (NASDAQ: FAST), purchased just over 2,600 shares of the company’s stock on Dec. 5 at a average price of $41.50, according to a filing with the SEC. Florness now owns about 45,000 shares of the stock between his direct holdings and his 401k plan. Fastenal is a wholesaler and retailer of industrial and construction supplies, including bolts, nuts, and more »

  • Revised Outlooks for a Trio of 3-Star Stocks

    By Josh Kohn-Lindquist - October 19, 2012 | Tickers: DBD, SWK, GWW

    In the investing world, revised outlooks usually represent a disappointing quarter or a dismal forecast for either the current year or next financial year, at least in comparison to the analysts.  While this can be seen as bad news for current shareholders, it can often represent a good spot for new investors to buy into the company at a lower price and a chance for previous shareholders to lower their more »

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