|Bid||60.12 x 800|
|Ask||62.32 x 900|
|Day's Range||61.66 - 63.79|
|52 Week Range||47.37 - 63.97|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.55|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||23.55|
|Earnings Date||Apr 9, 2019 - Apr 15, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||1.72 (2.69%)|
|1y Target Est||59.31|
Last July, I wrote this article on W.W. Grainger (GWW) and its main competitor Fastenal (FAST), stating both companies were strong, but that Fastenal was a better buy at the time. Fast forward nine months, and it's Grainger that gives investors a buying opportunity. Warning! GuruFocus has detected 3 Warning Signs with GWW.
Higher aggregate shipments and cost-reduction initiatives are aiding Vulcan (VMC) to perform well. However, rising costs and inclement weather are hampering its profitability.
Home Depot's (HD) integrated retail strategy, omni-channel expansion and momentum in the Pro business are key drivers. However, a recent softness in sales and comps is a concern.
Acquisition strategy and cost-reduction initiatives are helping Masco (MAS) to perform well. However, rising raw material costs are hampering the company's profitability.
Fastenal Co NASDAQ/NGS:FASTView full report here! Summary * ETFs holding this stock are seeing positive inflows * Bearish sentiment is moderate Bearish sentimentShort interest | NegativeShort interest is moderately high for FAST with between 10 and 15% of shares outstanding currently on loan. The last change in the short interest score occurred more than 1 month ago and implies that there has been little change in sentiment among investors who seek to profit from falling equity prices. Money flowETF/Index ownership | PositiveETF activity is positive. Over the last month, ETFs holding FAST are favorable, with net inflows of $15.85 billion. Additionally, the rate of inflows is increasing. Economic sentimentPMI by IHS Markit | NeutralAccording to the latest IHS Markit Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) data, output in the Consumer Services sector is rising. The rate of growth is weak relative to the trend shown over the past year, however. Credit worthinessCredit default swapCDS data is not available for this security.Please send all inquiries related to the report to firstname.lastname@example.org.Charts and report PDFs will only be available for 30 days after publishing.This document has been produced for information purposes only and is not to be relied upon or as construed as investment advice. To the fullest extent permitted by law, IHS Markit disclaims any responsibility or liability, whether in contract, tort (including, without limitation, negligence), equity or otherwise, for any loss or damage arising from any reliance on or the use of this material in any way. Please view the full legal disclaimer and methodology information on pages 2-3 of the full report.
Amid the current stock market uptrend, Fastenal is one of the IBD 50 growth stocks to watch. The retail leader is in buy range after a breakout.
When you write about investing as much as I do, sometimes it takes a little divine intervention to come up with ideas. Sometimes, I'll borrow an idea from another writer. Recently, I saw an article about dividend stocks that have already increased their quarterly payment early in 2019. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Eric Volkman, the author in question, recommended PepsiCo (NASDAQ:PEP), Walmart (NYSE:WMT) and TJX (NYSE:TJX). All Dividend Aristocrats, I like the latter two. Pepsi not so much. InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsHowever, I do appreciate the inspiration. Now, on to the task at hand. I'm looking for seven dividend stocks that I'd want to own that have announced a dividend increase in the first 64 days of the year. While they don't have to be in the S&P 500, nor do they have to be a Dividend Aristocrat, they should have a market cap higher than $2 billion.To help with diversification, I'll try to get one stock for seven different sectors. I can't guarantee that will be the case, but I'll give it my best shot. * 10 High-Yield Monthly Dividend Stocks So, without further ado, here are my seven dividend stocks to own now. EPR Properties (EPR)On Jan. 16, 2019, EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) announced a 4.2% increase in its monthly cash dividend. Payable as of Feb. 15, the monthly dividend is now 37.5 cents or $4.50 on an annual basis. It is the company's ninth consecutive year increasing its dividend. In February 2018, I recommended the REIT that specializes in experiential real estate, to own in good times and bad. At the time, it was yielding 7.7%. As of Mar. 5, 2019, it's yielding 6.1%. That's because it has appreciated significantly over the past year. I've been a fan of EPR stock for a long time. I first recommended it in 2013 when it was trading in the $50s. In 2019, EPR expects to generate adjusted funds from operation (FFO) of at least $5.30 a share. With all the interesting experiential real estate it owns or is developing, I continue to believe it's a REIT to hold for the next 20 years. Fastenal (FAST)On Jan. 16, 2019, Fastenal (NASDAQ:FAST) announced a 3-cent increase in its quarterly dividend. Payable as of Feb. 27, the quarterly dividend is now 43 cents or $1.72 on an annual basis. As of Mar. 5, it yielded 2.8%. The company first paid an annual dividend in 1991. It went to semi-annual dividends in 2003, and finally to quarterly dividends in 2011. It has also paid out special dividends in 2010 and 2012. Fastenal is a wholesale distributor of industrial and construction supplies. Although I haven't covered the company in recent years, its results from fiscal 2018 suggest it's doing just fine. In 2018, Fastenal grew revenues by 13% to $5 billion. On the bottom line, it increased earnings by 30% to $752 million. Both the company's fastener and non-fastener products experienced healthy double-digit growth in 2018. * 10 Small-Cap Stocks That Look Like Bargains CEO Daniel Florness plans to double company sales to $10 billion. That ought to happen sometime in 2024. Perhaps earlier. BlackRock (BLK)On Jan. 16, 2019, BlackRock (NYSE:BLK) announced a 5% increase in its quarterly dividend to $3.30. Payable as of Mar. 21, the quarterly dividend works out to $13.20 on an annual basis. As of Mar. 5, it yielded 3.0%. BlackRock CEO Larry Fink has become almost as famous for his annual letter to CEOs as he has for building the owner of iShares ETFs into a global asset management powerhouse. Fink's 2019 letter was another classic. Here's the part that stands out for me: "Companies must embrace a greater responsibility to help workers navigate retirement, lending their expertise and capacity for innovation to solve this immense global challenge. In doing so, companies will create not just a more stable and engaged workforce, but also a more economically secure population in the places where they operate," Fink stated in BlackRock's 2019 Letter to CEOs. He's not shy to say what's on his mind. Some people don't like it. I do. I believe it's what sets BlackRock apart from other asset management and financial services firms. Stand up for the little guy, and the little guy will give it his or her all for management. It's a contract Fink believes should still exist within companies. I couldn't agree more. Penske Automotive (PAG) On Jan. 30, 2019, Penske Automotive Group (NYSE:PAG) announced a 1-cent increase in its quarterly dividend to 38 cents. Payable as of Mar. 1, the quarterly dividend works out to $1.52 on an annual basis. As of Mar. 5, it yielded 3.4%. A penny increase in the quarterly dividend might not seem like a lot, but it adds up. That's especially true when you've increased the dividend for 31 consecutive quarters. That's not a typo. There aren't many companies that are that consistent about their dividend. Of course, would you expect any less from Roger Penske, the King of motor racing?It hasn't been smooth motoring for PAG stock over the past 26 months with negative total returns of 5.3% and 12.8% in 2017 and 2018, respectively; it's nice to see Penske stock is up almost 9% year-to-date. * 7 Dow Jones Stocks to Buy I recommended PAG stock last August as one of seven dividend growth stocks to buy. Although it has gone slightly backward since then, I see its juicy 3.4% dividend yield as an excellent check to earn while you wait for its stock to revert to the mean. Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (BIP)On Feb. 6, 2019, Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (NYSE:BIP) announced a 6.9% increase in its quarterly dividend to 50 cents. Payable as of Mar. 29, the quarterly dividend works out to $2.01 on an annual basis. As of Mar. 5, it yielded 5%. Google the word "infrastructure," and you get 718 million results. Without infrastructure investments, economies wither and die. President Trump ran on an impressive platform in 2016 to grow the nation's infrastructure, but very little has been done. That's because America is broke and infrastructure is a costly adventure. It's not for the faint of heart, hence the 5% dividend yield.In fiscal 2018, BIP saw funds from operations (FFO) increase by 5% to $1.23 billion. Leading the charge was its energy business, which saw FFO increase by almost 29% in the past year. A significant part of the increase was the result of the company's investment in a Canadian midstream business as well as a North American residential energy infrastructure company. Like its affiliated former parent, Brookfield Asset Management (NYSE:BAM), BIP's goal is to acquire assets at a reasonable price, get them operating both efficiently and profitably, and then sell those assets when prices are high. Then take the proceeds and do it again. Rince and repeat. Church & Dwight (CHD)On Feb. 5, 2019, Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD) announced a 4.6% increase in its quarterly dividend to 22.75 cents. Payable as of Mar. 1, the quarterly dividend works out to 91 cents on an annual basis. As of Mar. 5, it yielded 1.4%. What the maker of Arm & Hammer baking soda fails to provide in terms of dividend yield, it more than makes up for it with lots of capital appreciation. Year-to-date, CHD stock is up 0.54%. Off to a slow start in 2019, Church & Dwight stock is in danger of a losing year, the first in more than a decade. Over the past ten years, CHD's delivered an annualized total return of 19.6%, 250 basis points higher than the S&P 500. * 7 Stocks That Should Be Worried About a Data Dividend That is why I believe Church & Dwight is the best consumer staples stock for investors to own for the long haul. Best Buy (BBY) On Feb. 27, 2019, Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) announced an 11% increase in its quarterly dividend to 50 cents. Payable as of April 10, the quarterly dividend works out to $2 on an annual basis. As of Mar. 5, it yielded 3%. With the 11% increase, Best Buy has now increased its annual dividend payment for six consecutive years. It has also paid a dividend for 61 straight quarters. Best Buy's past issues including its ongoing fight with Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) appear to be very much in the rear window.In 2018, Best Buy grew same-store sales by 4.8%, overall revenues increased 1.7% to $42.9 billion, and earnings-per-share on a non-GAAP basis increased by 20.4% to $5.32 a share. In 2019, it expects to generate at least $5.45 a share in earnings on $42.9 billion in revenue. It might not be massive growth, but considering its shares were trading around $12 in 2012, it has come a long way. When I wrote about Best Buy in August 2013, it had online sales that accounted for 6.1% of its overall revenue. Today, it's 21.9% or almost four times as much. It's one of the best comeback stories of the 21st century. As of this writing, Will Ashworth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Stocks That Should Be Worried About a Data Dividend * 5 Cheap ETFs Worth Considering * 7 Cheap Stocks Under $5 That Could Soar Compare Brokers The post 7 Dividend Stocks Already Rewarding Shareholders In 2019 appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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Teetering on the edge of a full-blown pullback as of Thursday, the bulls finally decided to make a stand. Friday's 0.69% advance from the S&P 500 may not have undeniably averted a disaster, but it certainly let stocks end the week on a high note.Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) did most of the heavy lifting, up nearly 2% in response to news that it was planning to open dozens of grocery stores in the near future … an announcement that ultimately shook shares of at least one competitor out of a budding uptrend. Smaller Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK) was actually a bigger winner, however, rallying close to 6% as investors increasingly believe its turnaround effort is taking hold.The market's gain overcame the dead weight Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) brought to the table. Shares of the electric car company fell almost 8% in response to concerns that Tesla can't actually afford to make the $35,000 Model 3 it touted on Thursday.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsNone of those names are especially well suited for trading as this week gets going, though. Rather, it's the stock charts of Fastenal Company (NASDAQ:FAST), Nielsen Holdings (NYSE:NLSN) and Kroger (NYSE:KR) that appear to be entering well-developed trends. Kroger (KR)Over the course of the past several months, we've watched Kroger shares bounce around inside of, and sometimes outside of, a narrowing trading range. Since December, the stock has spent more time below the floor of that range than above it, although it never really suffered that "death blow." On Friday, however, the 4.5% stumble in response to news of Amazon's grocery ambitions broke several key support lines. * 7 March Madness Stocks to Consider for the Big Dance There's one more chance to salvage it, but the bulls are going to have to work a little magic to keep several months' worth of indecision from becoming unleashed in a hurry. Click to Enlarge • The shape and placement of Friday's bar is the key. Kroger shares started above them all, but in one fell swoop the stock broke back under all three key moving average lines as well as the lower edge of the rising wedge, framed with yellow lines on both stock charts.• The weekly chart puts things in perspective. Last year's momentum has been slipping for a while now.• The line in the sand is around $26.65, plotted with a red dashed line on both stock charts. That's where Kroger found a bottom in October and again in December. That floor may not survive a third test. Fastenal Company (FAST)Fastenal Company is another name that's made its way onto our radar several times in recent weeks, largely for the same reason as Kroger. That is, like KR, FAST shares have been bouncing around -- rather reliably -- within a wide trading range since 2016.The recent bump into the upper boundary of that range has, as of Friday, started to become true trouble for the stock. Click to Enlarge • There are actually two support lines in play here. The near-term minor one is plotted in yellow, and tagged all the key lows since the middle of last year. The ultimate floor, however, is plotted with a white dashed line on the weekly chart. It's paired up with the uppermost ceiling at the top of both stock charts.• That same weekly chart indicates Fastenal shares are stochastically overbought … a condition that tends to coincide with encounters of the upper edge of the trading range, and a condition that's usually quickly ended with some significant selling.• Still, although clearly vulnerable to more downside, this setup would be much stronger if the market helped, and if FAST can log at least one more lower close. Nielsen Holdings (NLSN)Finally, it's still miles away from securing its place in a new uptrend. But, Nielsen Holdings has moved well enough to that condition to justify putting it on your radar now.Just know that odds are good there will still be a time in the very foreseeable future that it doesn't feel like NLSN has snapped out of the bearish funk that's dragged it lower for the past couple of years. Click to Enlarge • The "notice" is this past week's push up and off the purple 50-day moving average line and, briefly anyway, back above the white 200-day moving average line. It's the best attack on the long-term moving average line we've seen in months, underscored by strong volume.• The weekly chart shows previous attempts to move above the 200-day average have petered out. This one is different, though, in the sense that it's starting after what looks like a capitulation in July.• Bear in mind a reversal out of a long-term downtrend like this one is more of a process and less of an event. It's most likely that Nielsen will wiggle its way into an uptrend rather than make a clean "V."As of this writing, James Brumley did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can learn more about James at his site, jamesbrumley.com, or follow him on Twitter, at @jbrumley. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Reasons Kraft Heinz Stock Is a Contrarian Buy * 5 Housing Stocks to Buy for Renewed Homebuilder Confidence * 7 of the Best ETFs to Buy for a Rock-Solid Portfolio Compare Brokers The post 3 Big Stock Charts for Monday: Nielsen Holdings, Kroger and Fastenal Company appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Lowe's (LOW) fourth-quarter fiscal 2018 bottom line meet the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The company anticipates softness in the Canadian housing market to persist in the near-term.
Home Depot's (HD) fourth-quarter fiscal 2018 earnings gain from strong margins. However, the top line lags estimates on lower-than-expected comps growth.
Lowe's (LOW) undertakes a better customer-centric approach and explores market opportunities via merchandising efforts and omni-channel endeavors. These may favorably impact Q4.
Fastenal (FAST) is well positioned to outperform the market, as it exhibits above-average growth in financials.
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The bulls tried their best, but when push came to shove, they just didn't have enough fight. Spurred by just a few too many lackluster earnings reports, the S&P 500 ended yesterday's action down to the tune of 0.27%.The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE:KO) was one of those names with an alarming quarterly report. KO stock fell more than 8% on the heels of expected Q4 sales and profits, but a 2019 profit outlook that was considerably less than estimated. Centurylink (NYSE:CTL) ended the day even deeper in the red, though, sliding 13% after cutting its divided in half.There were a handful of winners, like Encana (NYSE:ECA), which advanced 2.2% in step with rising oil prices, and was up another percentage point in after-hours trading. In fact, there was more bullish volume than bearish volume on Thursday. There just wasn't enough buying interest in the right stocks to lift the market over the hump.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsHeaded into the weekend, the stock charts of Davita (NYSE:DVA), BorgWarner (NYSE:BWA) and Fastenal Company (NASDAQ:FAST) are of the most interest. Here's why, and what to look for. Fastenal Company (FAST)Back in October, Fastenal Company shares were in something of a freefall, After bumping into a long-standing resistance line in August, all signs pointed to a trip back to the lower edge of the trading range that has framed the volatile rally going back to 2016. * Should You Buy, Sell, Or Hold These 7 Medical Cannabis Stocks? That never happened … at least not in full. Rather than making a complete pullback, FAST stock hit a low about halfway there, and then made a triple bottom and established a new support line in December.Now we're back at the long-term ceiling, and hinting at another bearish outcome. The question is, which floor is the one that will do the job? Click to Enlarge • The trading range is framed by white dashed lines on both stock charts. We bumped into the upper one this week.• The newly developed intermediate-term floor is marked with a yellow dashed line, also on both stock charts.• The weekly chart's stochastic indicator is in overbought territory, which has also coincided with pullbacks; that's not a condition that lasts long. Davita (DVA)With nothing more than a quick glance, the 0.3% gain Davita dished out yesterday is little to cheer. Indeed, DVA has been suspiciously left out of the most of the post-December rally.A closer, second look at Thursday's action, though, sets the stage for renewed bullishness in light of the other clues that have materialized over the course of the past couple of weeks. Click to Enlarge • While Thursday's gain was ho-hum, the intraday turnaround was telling. The bears had a chance to tip it over with the early move back under key short-term moving average lines, but the bulls weren't going to give up any ground.• And those bulls are certainly strong in number. Even beyond yesterday's volume surge behind the advance, the accumulation (buying) days have seen higher and higher volume.• There may be some brewing resistance around the $58.10 area, which is marked with a dashed blue line on both stock charts. BorgWarner (BWA)Finally, it's not said often enough, but there's a lot of value in spotting a surge in volatility from a particular stock, or index. When the war between the buyers and sellers heats up, it often signals a turning point.BorgWarner shares have been particularly volatile the past few days, in all the right places. It looked like the bears were going to take control last week, but the bulls made a strong statement yesterday. They also failed to move above the one key ceiling they really needed to clear, however, so the outcome of this skirmish hangs on the balance.Either way, some something big is likely to come from the melee. Click to Enlarge • The big line in the sand is $41.50, plotted with a yellow dashed line on both stock charts. That's where BorgWarner has peaked several times since October, and it was still trouble as of yesterday.• Also noteworthy, however, is how the purple 50-day moving average line has stepped up as a technical floor.• Even before yesterday's big gain, the bullish volume was brewing, suggesting the undertow is bullish. The stumble from last week, though on above-average volume, didn't take shape with a lot of bears' support.As of this writing, James Brumley did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can learn more about James at his site, jamesbrumley.com, or follow him on Twitter, at @jbrumley. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 9 U.S. Stocks That Are Coming to Life Again * The 7 Best Video Game Stocks to Power Up Your Portfolio! * 5 Tips to Become a Better Stock Trader Compare Brokers The post 3 Big Stock Charts for Friday: Davita, Fastenal Company and BorgWarner appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Home Depot (HD) is planning to hire 450 employees in the Charlotte area for the spring season, which is its busiest selling period.