SOURCE: Brighton Markets

January 23, 2012 09:00 ET

2012 Economic Outlook - Report Highlights Fastenal Company and Apollo Group, Inc.

HONG KONG--(Marketwire - Jan 23, 2012) - Today, announced new reports highlighting Fastenal Company (NASDAQ: FAST) and Apollo Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: APOL). Gain market insight with full analysis and research downloads available at

Economic fundamentals leading into 2012 have set a generally positive pace with GDP growth likely to pick up through the coming year. However, there are several important caveats to note as the world economy continues to face headwinds and risks weigh to the downside. Positive outlooks are conditional on fiscal policy in payroll taxes and unemployment insurance benefits and upon the easing of the European debt situation. A repeat of volatility experience in 2011 is likely in 2012, as perceptions about the strength of the U.S. economy and the euro zone will vary over time as events unfold.

Despite the current situation, our team continues to identify high momentum situations with growth potential -- there remains strong opportunity within careful discretion.

Brighton Markets is releasing new coverage on Fastenal Company for its current position within the industrial goods industry. Fastenal Company (Fastenal) sells industrial and construction supplies in a wholesale and retail fashion. As of December 31, 2010, the Company had 2,490 store locations located in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Singapore, China, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Hungary and Malaysia. The full research report on Fastenal Company (NASDAQ: FAST) is available here:

Brighton Markets has released research on Apollo Group, Inc. for its changing role within the services industry. Apollo Group, Inc. (Apollo Group) is a private education provider. The Company offers educational programs and services both online and on-campus at the undergraduate, master's and doctoral levels through its wholly owned subsidiaries, The University of Phoenix, Inc. The full research report on Apollo Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: APOL) is available here:

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