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FAST Makes A Quick Move Higher


I wrote about Fastenal (FAST) in this blog just two weeks ago.  This is a stock that had been in a sideways consolidation pattern for many years after a prior uptrend.  So I was looking for the next breakout.  However, when a stock consolidates for years, you want to see the actual breakout before jumping on board.  Otherwise, you could have capital tied up for a long, long time with nothing to show for it.  Well, the breakout was finally made simultaneously with its quarterly earnings release earlier this week.  Check out this long-term weekly chart:

I like entry at the current level as me might see FAST explode from this level.  To be a little on the safe side, I'd consider a second entry at the rising 20 week EMA, currently at 45.53.  A weekly close beneath the 50 week SMA at 44.28 would make sense.  My target here would be 65.00 in time.

Happy trading!


Tom Bowley
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