NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) --

Fastenal Company

(Nasdaq:

FAST

) hit a new 52-week high Wednesday as it is currently trading at $41.76, above its previous 52-week high of $41.65 with 218,151 shares traded as of 9:55 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 2.8 million shares over the past 30 days.

Fastenal has a market cap of $11.34 billion and is part of the

industrial goods

sector and

materials & construction

industry. Shares are up 34% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

The Company Is Engaged As A Wholesaler And Retailer Of Industrial And Construction Supplies. The company has a P/E ratio of 35.3, above the average materials & construction industry P/E ratio of 33.7 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Fastenal as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. You can view the full

Fastenal Ratings Report

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