Is It Time To Get Out of Fastenal Company (FAST)?

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Hedge funds are not perfect. They have their bad picks just like everyone else. Valeant, a stock hedge funds have loved, lost 79% during the last 12 months ending in November 21. Although hedge funds are not perfect, their consensus picks do deliver solid returns, however. Our data show the top 30 mid-cap stocks among the best performing hedge funds yielded an average return of 18% in the same time period, vs. a gain of 7.6% for the S&P 500 Index. Because hedge funds have a lot of resources and their consensus picks do well, we pay attention to what they think. In this article, we analyze what the elite funds think of Fastenal Company (NASDAQ:FAST).

Is Fastenal Company (NASDAQ:FAST) a buy right now? The smart money is becoming less hopeful. The number of long hedge fund positions fell by 1 recently. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM), Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE:MRO), and National-Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NYSE:NOV) to gather more data points.

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How are hedge funds trading Fastenal Company (NASDAQ:FAST)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 23 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a 4% drop from the previous quarter. That dip does come after a nearly 100% surge in hedgie ownership of the stock during the previous two quarters, so ownership is still high compared to a year earlier. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, William Duhamel’s Route One Investment Company has the number one position in Fastenal Company (NASDAQ:FAST), worth close to $184.9 million, corresponding to 8.4% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Bares Capital Management, managed by Brian Bares, which holds a $117.4 million position; the fund has 7% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers with similar optimism consist of Robert Joseph Caruso’s Select Equity Group, D E Shaw, and Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies.

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