Taking full advantage of the stock market and investing with confidence are common goals for new and old investors alike.
Many investors also have a go-to methodology that helps guide their buy and sell decisions. One way to find winning stocks based on your preferred way of investing is to use the Zacks Style Scores, which are indicators that rate stocks based on three widely-followed investing types: value, growth, and momentum.
Why This 1 Growth Stock Should Be On Your Watchlist
Different than value or momentum investors, growth-oriented investors are concerned with a stock's future prospects, and the overall financial health and strength of a company. Thus, they'll want to focus on the Growth Style Score, which analyzes characteristics like projected and historical earnings, sales, and cash flow to find stocks that will see sustainable growth over time.
Based in Winona, MN, Fastenal Company is a national wholesale distributor of industrial and construction supplies. The company distributes its products through more than 3,200 company-owned stores mostly located in North America.
FAST boasts a Growth Style Score of A and VGM Score of A, and holds a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) rating. Its bottom-line is projected to rise 4.8% year-over-year for 2023, while Wall Street anticipates its top line to improve by 5.4%.
Eight analysts revised their earnings estimate higher in the last 60 days for fiscal 2023, while the Zacks Consensus Estimate has increased $0.03 to $1.98 per share. FAST also boasts an average earnings surprise of 3.2%.
Looking at cash flow, Fastenal is expected to report cash flow growth of 15.3% this year; FAST has generated cash flow growth of 13.1% over the past three to five years.
With solid fundamentals, a good Zacks Rank, and top-tier Growth and VGM Style Scores, FAST should be on investors' short lists.
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