Fastenal Stock To Go Ex-dividend Tomorrow (FAST)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for Fastenal Company (Nasdaq: FAST) is tomorrow, December 5, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 50 cents per share. At a price of $42 as of 9:31 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2%.

The average volume for Fastenal has been 2.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Fastenal has a market cap of $12.39 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and materials & construction industry. Shares are down 4.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

Fastenal Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a wholesaler and retailer of industrial and construction supplies in the United States and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.3, 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 revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. 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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