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Fastenal Co. (NASD:FAST) Seasonal Chart

Seasonal Chart Analysis

Analysis of the Fastenal Co. (NASD:FAST) seasonal charts above shows that a Buy Date of October 17 and a Sell Date of February 2 has resulted in a geometric average return of 7.5% above the benchmark rate of the S&P 500 Total Return Index over the past 20 years. This seasonal timeframe has shown positive results compared to the benchmark in 18 of those periods. This is an excellent rate of success, but the return underperforms the relative buy-and-hold performance of the stock over the past 20 years by an average of 1.67% per year.

The seasonal timeframe is Inline with the period of seasonal strength for the Industrials sector, which runs from October 29 to May 10. The seasonal chart for the broad sector is available via the following link: Industrials Sector Seasonal Chart.

Fastenal opened its first fastener store in 1967 in Winona, Minnesota. Since then, Fastenal has greatly expanded its footprint as well as its products and services. Today, Fastenal serves its 400,000 active customers through approximately 2,150 stores, 1,080 on-site locations, and 14 distribution centers. Since 1993, the company has added other product categories, but fasteners remain its largest category at about 30%-35% of sales. Fastenal also offers customers supply-chain solutions, such as vending and vendor-managed inventory.

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