| 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. The FAST YTD return is shown above.
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is a measure of the total return for a given investment year-to-date for the current calendar year
(up to the end of prior trading session). Arguably, choosing the current calendar year for a measurement
period is on the one hand completely arbitrary, but on the other hand a year-to-date look can be extremely
useful in the context of our country's tax system which taxes gains and income on a calendar year basis.
Thus, researching Year-To-Date Returns is good practice for investors — whether FAST YTD return or other benchmarks/peers
— and when doing so it is also important to factor in dividends, because a financial instrument's YTD return is
more than just the change in price if that instrument pays a dividend or coupon. Our website aims to empower investors
by performing the FAST YTD return calculation (with any dividends reinvested as applicable), and to provide a
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