When a company reports earnings, the reports are intensely examined by investors and analysts alike. Earnings are important because they can give insight into the profitability of a company. Covering Street analysts are looking for Fastenal Company (NASDAQ:FAST) to report quarterly EPS of $0.38. The company is next expected to publish earnings on or around 2017-01-20 for the period ending 2016-12-31.
The company posted EPS of $0.39 for the same quarter last year. Most recently, the company reported EPS of $0.44. Prior to the last earnings report, Zacks Research had a consensus estimate looking for EPS of $0.45. The gap between the estimate and actual number was $-0.01 which created a surprise factor of -2.22%. The surprise factor can cause substantial stock fluctuations after the earnings release.
Before and after the earnings report, covering Wall Street analysts often make updates to their projections. Analysts taken into consideration by Zacks Research have a current mean target price of $43.571 on Fastenal Company (NASDAQ:FAST) shares. This target consists of 7 research analysts polled by Zacks Research. Analysts may have different stances on where they see the stock headed in the future. Among the polled analysts, the highest estimate sees the stock going to 51 in the next year. The analyst with the lowest target price views shares reaching $35 within the same period. In looking at the standard deviation of all estimates, we arrive at 5.652.
Zacks Research also compiles analyst ratings using a scale that ranges from 1 to 5. If the company has a ratings score of 1, this would represent a Strong Buy. If the company has a 5 rating, this would signify a Strong Sell. Combining all the ratings on Fastenal Company (NASDAQ:FAST), the current mean stands at 3.14. Breaking those down we see that the ratings are as follows: 1 Strong Buy, 0 Rated Buy, 11 Rated Hold and 0 Rated Sell.
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