Stiles Financial Services Inc, a prominent investment management firm, has recently announced an increase in its stake in Fastenal (NASDAQ:FAST) during the second quarter. According to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Stiles Financial Services Inc now owns 33,880 shares of Fastenal’s stock, an additional 3,111 shares from the previous quarter.
Fastenal represents around 1.0% of Stiles Financial Services Inc’s portfolio, positioning it as the 25th largest holding within their investment portfolio. As of its most recent filing with the SEC, the value of Stiles Financial Services Inc’s holdings in Fastenal stands at approximately $1,999,000.
In addition to this development, Fastenal has recently declared a quarterly dividend. The dividend payment was made on August 24th to shareholders on record as of July 27th. Shareholders received a dividend of $0.35 per share. Based on this payout and current market prices, the annualized dividend for Fastenal amounts to $1.40 per share, resulting in a dividend yield of 2.57%. It is worth noting that the ex-dividend date for this dividend was July 26th.
Fastenal’s dividend payout ratio (DPR), which indicates the percentage of earnings distributed to shareholders as dividends, currently stands at 71.07%. This figure demonstrates that Fastenal allocates a significant portion of its earnings towards shareholder returns through dividends.
These recent developments highlight both Stiles Financial Services Inc’s increasing confidence in Fastenal as well as the company’s commitment to rewarding and providing value to its shareholders through regular dividends. Investors should take note of these factors when evaluating their portfolios and considering investment opportunities.
It will be interesting to monitor how Stiles Financial Services Inc’s increased stake impacts Fastenal’s future performance and whether the company will continue to deliver competitive returns and sustain its attractive dividend payout ratio. As always, investors are advised to conduct thorough research and consider their financial goals before making any investment decisions.
Fastenal Stock: Hedge Funds and Analysts Take Notice
In recent months, several hedge funds and institutional investors have made significant moves in regards to Fastenal stock. BlackRock Inc., for example, saw a 0.3% increase in its holdings during the first quarter, now owning over 45 million shares valued at $2.4 billion. Similarly, Geode Capital Management LLC also grew its stake by 0.9%, now holding over 13 million shares worth $736 million.
Charles Schwab Investment Management Inc. experienced a more substantial increase of 10.9% in its stake during the fourth quarter, acquiring an additional 1.1 million shares valued at $567 million. Morgan Stanley saw a significant growth as well, with their stake increasing by 37.8% and gaining them an additional 2.4 million shares worth $430 million.
Baird Financial Group Inc.’s stake increased by an impressive 22.9% during the same period, bringing their total share count to over 8 million with a value of $390 million. It is worth noting that institutional investors currently own approximately 78.47% of Fastenal’s stock.
The recent activity surrounding Fastenal has not gone unnoticed by analysts and research firms either. Jefferies Financial Group raised their price target on the stock from $50 to $60, while Robert W. Baird increased theirs from $57 to $60 as well.
Stephens took a different approach and downgraded Fastenal from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating with a target price of $60, citing valuation concerns as the motive behind this move.
StockNews.com began covering Fastenal recently, issuing a “hold” rating on the company’s stock in one of their research notes. HSBC also initiated coverage and gave it a “hold” rating along with a target price of $59.
Overall, analysts have expressed mixed opinions on Fastenal’s performance. While one analyst has given the stock a sell rating, six have rated it as hold, and one has assigned it a buy rating. The consensus rating from these analysts, according to Bloomberg.com, is “Hold,” with an average target price of $57.
On October 3, Fastenal’s stock traded at $54.53, experiencing a minor decrease of $0.11 during that day’s trading session. A total of 1,380,489 shares were exchanged, which is below its average volume of 3,142,699 shares.
Fastenal’s 52-week range spans from a low point of $43.73 to a high point of $59.43. Currently, the stock sits slightly above its 50-day moving average of $56.48 but falls below its two-hundred-day moving average of $55.49.
With a market capitalization of approximately $31.15 billion and a PE ratio of 27.74, Fastenal remains an intriguing option for investors seeking opportunities in the industrial supply sector.
Fastenal recently released its earnings results on July 13th and fell just short of analysts’ consensus estimates with reported earnings per share (EPS) of $0.52 as opposed to the expected $0.53 EPS figure.
The company boasts an impressive net margin of 15.52% along with a return on equity (ROE) of 34.63%. Fastenal generated revenue totaling $1.88 billion in the last quarter compared to the projected amount of $1.89 billion.
Despite falling short in terms of earnings per share expectations, Fastenal experienced a positive growth rate in revenue at 5.9% when compared to the same quarter last year.
For the current fiscal year, equities analysts predict that Fastenal will post earnings per share (EPS) figures around 1.98.
As time progresses and more data becomes available, it will be interesting to see how Fastenal’s stock continues to fare and whether it will live up to the expectations set by analysts and investors alike.