Stephen Simpson, CFA
Long only, growth at reasonable price, value, research analyst

Weak Metalworking Corroding MSC Industrial's Growth

When I last wrote on MSC Industrial (NYSE:MSM) about a month ago, I suggested that the solid average daily sales growth being reported by Grainger (NYSE:GWW) and Fastenal (NASDAQ:FAST) on a monthly basis was threatening to put the company in the penalty box with some investors. See, the challenge for MSC Industrial has long been in proving that it's more than a cyclical industrial supplier and that it can grow consistently, albeit even if not on the same level as Fastenal.

Unfortunately for investors, MSC Industrial's fiscal third quarter earnings were decidedly mediocre in that respect. Although the company did as it said it would in terms of revenue and exceeded its own guidance...

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