| Fastenal is engaged in the wholesale distribution of industrial and construction supplies. Most of Co.'s customers are in the manufacturing and non-residential construction markets. Other users of Co.'s products include farmers, truckers, railroads, and oil exploration companies. Co. is a distributor of fasteners and related industrial and construction supplies. This includes threaded fasteners, bolts, nuts, screws, studs, and related washers, as well as miscellaneous supplies and hardware, such as pins, machinery keys, concrete anchors, metal framing systems, wire rope, strut, rivets, and related accessories. Co.'s fastener product line is primarily sold under the Fastenal product name. We show 54 historical shares outstanding datapoints in our FAST shares outstanding history coverage, used to compute FAST market cap on those dates.|
Understanding the changing numbers of shares outstanding, the changing
share price, and the resulting changing FAST market cap history over the course of time is important for investors
interested in comparing FAST's market cap history versus its peers.
Many "beginner" or "novice" investors will look at one stock trading at a price of $10 per share and another trading at
a price of $20 per share and think the latter company is worth twice as much. Of course, that is a completely meaningless comparison without also knowing how many shares outstanding there are for each of the two companies,
and then calculating their respective market caps. Comparing the share price of FAST versus a peer is one thing; comparing
FAST market cap versus a peer is a completely different story.
Furthermore, via fluctuation both in per-share price and in the number of shares outstanding (via issuance of new shares over time, the repurchase of existing shares),
the market cap for a company like FAST can fluctuate over the course of history.
With this page we aim to empower investors researching FAST by allowing them to research the FAST market cap history.