SOURCE: StockCall


October 20, 2010 09:09 ET

Equity Research on Fastenal Co. and Vulcan Materials Company -- General Building Materials Industry in Calmer Waters, but for How Long?

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - October 20, 2010) - offers investors comprehensive research on the general building materials industry and has completed analytical research on Fastenal Co. (NASDAQ: FAST) and Vulcan Materials Company (NYSE: VMC). Register with us today at to have free access to these researches.

The General Building Materials sector is showing signs of a slow recovery alongside the macro-economy. Companies within the sector such as Fastenal Co. are seeing an increase in demand from manufacturers recently. While demand has remained depressed during the recession, companies have set their focus on increasing margins at stores instead of growing their number of stores. Fastenal Co. research report is accessible for free by registering today at is an online platform where investors doing their due-diligence on the general building materials industry can have easy and free access to our analyst research and opinions on Fastenal Co. and Vulcan Materials Company; investors and shareholders of these companies can simply register for a complimentary membership at

During the past six months, some companies have seen an increase in sales during every month for the past six months in stores open more than 5 years. It's expected that a large portion of global demand will come from emerging markets during the coming years. Register now at to have free access to our reports on the general building materials industry.

Housing starts rose 0.3% during the month of September to an annual figure of 610,000. This was the largest increase since April of this year. Multi-family housing still remains depressed but the single-family segment grew stronger in September. The low number of permits being issued has concerned some analysts that construction will decrease in the following months. Visit to see how companies in this industry have grown over the past years and how they are expected to perform in the future.

Taking a peep at the earnings timetable, Fastenal posted Q3 revenue of $603.8 million and profits of $75 million on October 12th. A key player in this industry that is set to release its results on November 1st is Vulcan Materials Company. Vulcan Materials Company research report is available for free by signing up now at

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