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MSC Industrial Direct Competitors

$85.36
-1.97 (-2.26 %)
(As of 11/25/2020 12:00 AM ET)
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Today's Range
$85.15
Now: $85.36
$86.94
50-Day Range
$63.46
MA: $73.07
$87.33
52-Week Range
$44.93
Now: $85.36
$87.83
Volume454,245 shs
Average Volume575,212 shs
Market Capitalization$4.75 billion
P/E Ratio18.88
Dividend Yield3.44%
Beta0.88

Competitors

MSC Industrial Direct (NYSE:MSM) Vs. FAST, GWW, URI, WSO, AL, and WCC

Should you be buying MSM stock or one of its competitors? Companies in the sub-industry of "trading companies & distributors" are considered alternatives and competitors to MSC Industrial Direct, including Fastenal (FAST), W.W. Grainger (GWW), United Rentals (URI), Watsco (WSO), Air Lease (AL), and WESCO International (WCC).

Fastenal (NASDAQ:FAST) and MSC Industrial Direct (NYSE:MSM) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, profitability and dividends.

Dividends

Fastenal pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. MSC Industrial Direct pays an annual dividend of $3.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.5%. Fastenal pays out 72.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. MSC Industrial Direct pays out 63.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Fastenal has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years and MSC Industrial Direct has increased its dividend for 10 consecutive years. MSC Industrial Direct is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Risk and Volatility

Fastenal has a beta of 1.21, suggesting that its stock price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MSC Industrial Direct has a beta of 0.88, suggesting that its stock price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Fastenal and MSC Industrial Direct's gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
Fastenal$5.33 billion5.19$790.90 million$1.3834.92
MSC Industrial Direct$3.19 billion1.49$251.76 million$4.7418.01

Fastenal has higher revenue and earnings than MSC Industrial Direct. MSC Industrial Direct is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Fastenal, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

77.2% of Fastenal shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.4% of MSC Industrial Direct shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of Fastenal shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 28.8% of MSC Industrial Direct shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Fastenal and MSC Industrial Direct's net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net MarginsReturn on EquityReturn on Assets
Fastenal15.12%30.63%21.14%
MSC Industrial Direct7.87%19.38%10.67%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Fastenal and MSC Industrial Direct, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell RatingsHold RatingsBuy RatingsStrong Buy RatingsRating Score
Fastenal16402.27
MSC Industrial Direct15202.13

Fastenal currently has a consensus target price of $43.80, indicating a potential downside of 9.11%. MSC Industrial Direct has a consensus target price of $74.5714, indicating a potential downside of 12.64%. Given Fastenal's stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Fastenal is more favorable than MSC Industrial Direct.

Summary

Fastenal beats MSC Industrial Direct on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

W.W. Grainger (NYSE:GWW) and MSC Industrial Direct (NYSE:MSM) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, profitability and dividends.

Dividends

W.W. Grainger pays an annual dividend of $6.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. MSC Industrial Direct pays an annual dividend of $3.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.5%. W.W. Grainger pays out 35.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. MSC Industrial Direct pays out 63.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. W.W. Grainger has increased its dividend for 49 consecutive years and MSC Industrial Direct has increased its dividend for 10 consecutive years.

Risk and Volatility

W.W. Grainger has a beta of 1.1, suggesting that its stock price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MSC Industrial Direct has a beta of 0.88, suggesting that its stock price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares W.W. Grainger and MSC Industrial Direct's gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
W.W. Grainger$11.49 billion1.94$849 million$17.2923.98
MSC Industrial Direct$3.19 billion1.49$251.76 million$4.7418.01

W.W. Grainger has higher revenue and earnings than MSC Industrial Direct. MSC Industrial Direct is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than W.W. Grainger, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

72.3% of W.W. Grainger shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.4% of MSC Industrial Direct shares are owned by institutional investors. 14.0% of W.W. Grainger shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 28.8% of MSC Industrial Direct shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares W.W. Grainger and MSC Industrial Direct's net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net MarginsReturn on EquityReturn on Assets
W.W. Grainger5.37%41.31%13.20%
MSC Industrial Direct7.87%19.38%10.67%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for W.W. Grainger and MSC Industrial Direct, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell RatingsHold RatingsBuy RatingsStrong Buy RatingsRating Score
W.W. Grainger18802.41
MSC Industrial Direct15202.13

W.W. Grainger currently has a consensus target price of $359.1429, indicating a potential downside of 13.37%. MSC Industrial Direct has a consensus target price of $74.5714, indicating a potential downside of 12.64%. Given MSC Industrial Direct's higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe MSC Industrial Direct is more favorable than W.W. Grainger.

Summary

W.W. Grainger beats MSC Industrial Direct on 13 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

United Rentals (NYSE:URI) and MSC Industrial Direct (NYSE:MSM) are both construction companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, profitability and dividends.

Volatility & Risk

United Rentals has a beta of 2.32, indicating that its stock price is 132% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MSC Industrial Direct has a beta of 0.88, indicating that its stock price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares United Rentals and MSC Industrial Direct's gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
United Rentals$9.35 billion1.78$1.17 billion$19.5211.81
MSC Industrial Direct$3.19 billion1.49$251.76 million$4.7418.01

United Rentals has higher revenue and earnings than MSC Industrial Direct. United Rentals is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than MSC Industrial Direct, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

97.9% of United Rentals shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.4% of MSC Industrial Direct shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of United Rentals shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 28.8% of MSC Industrial Direct shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares United Rentals and MSC Industrial Direct's net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net MarginsReturn on EquityReturn on Assets
United Rentals12.37%37.16%7.43%
MSC Industrial Direct7.87%19.38%10.67%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for United Rentals and MSC Industrial Direct, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell RatingsHold RatingsBuy RatingsStrong Buy RatingsRating Score
United Rentals110702.33
MSC Industrial Direct15202.13

United Rentals currently has a consensus target price of $160.3333, indicating a potential downside of 30.43%. MSC Industrial Direct has a consensus target price of $74.5714, indicating a potential downside of 12.64%. Given MSC Industrial Direct's higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe MSC Industrial Direct is more favorable than United Rentals.

Summary

United Rentals beats MSC Industrial Direct on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Watsco (NYSE:WSO) and MSC Industrial Direct (NYSE:MSM) are both mid-cap construction companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, profitability and dividends.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Watsco and MSC Industrial Direct's gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
Watsco$4.77 billion1.80$245.95 million$6.5034.42
MSC Industrial Direct$3.19 billion1.49$251.76 million$4.7418.01

MSC Industrial Direct has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Watsco. MSC Industrial Direct is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Watsco, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

Watsco has a beta of 0.79, suggesting that its stock price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MSC Industrial Direct has a beta of 0.88, suggesting that its stock price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Watsco pays an annual dividend of $7.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. MSC Industrial Direct pays an annual dividend of $3.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.5%. Watsco pays out 109.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. MSC Industrial Direct pays out 63.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Watsco has increased its dividend for 1 consecutive years and MSC Industrial Direct has increased its dividend for 10 consecutive years. MSC Industrial Direct is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Profitability

This table compares Watsco and MSC Industrial Direct's net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net MarginsReturn on EquityReturn on Assets
Watsco4.77%13.38%8.80%
MSC Industrial Direct7.87%19.38%10.67%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Watsco and MSC Industrial Direct, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell RatingsHold RatingsBuy RatingsStrong Buy RatingsRating Score
Watsco25101.88
MSC Industrial Direct15202.13

Watsco currently has a consensus target price of $184.40, indicating a potential downside of 17.59%. MSC Industrial Direct has a consensus target price of $74.5714, indicating a potential downside of 12.64%. Given MSC Industrial Direct's stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe MSC Industrial Direct is more favorable than Watsco.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

81.5% of Watsco shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.4% of MSC Industrial Direct shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.6% of Watsco shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 28.8% of MSC Industrial Direct shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

MSC Industrial Direct beats Watsco on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

MSC Industrial Direct (NYSE:MSM) and Air Lease (NYSE:AL) are both mid-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability and institutional ownership.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares MSC Industrial Direct and Air Lease's revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
MSC Industrial Direct$3.19 billion1.49$251.76 million$4.7418.01
Air Lease$2.02 billion2.18$587.12 million$5.097.59

Air Lease has lower revenue, but higher earnings than MSC Industrial Direct. Air Lease is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than MSC Industrial Direct, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

MSC Industrial Direct has a beta of 0.88, indicating that its share price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Air Lease has a beta of 2.04, indicating that its share price is 104% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

MSC Industrial Direct pays an annual dividend of $3.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.5%. Air Lease pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. MSC Industrial Direct pays out 63.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Air Lease pays out 11.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. MSC Industrial Direct has raised its dividend for 10 consecutive years and Air Lease has raised its dividend for 1 consecutive years. MSC Industrial Direct is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Profitability

This table compares MSC Industrial Direct and Air Lease's net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net MarginsReturn on EquityReturn on Assets
MSC Industrial Direct7.87%19.38%10.67%
Air Lease27.48%9.83%2.51%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for MSC Industrial Direct and Air Lease, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell RatingsHold RatingsBuy RatingsStrong Buy RatingsRating Score
MSC Industrial Direct15202.13
Air Lease00403.00

MSC Industrial Direct currently has a consensus price target of $74.5714, indicating a potential downside of 12.64%. Air Lease has a consensus price target of $41.25, indicating a potential upside of 6.78%. Given Air Lease's stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Air Lease is more favorable than MSC Industrial Direct.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

70.4% of MSC Industrial Direct shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 91.7% of Air Lease shares are held by institutional investors. 28.8% of MSC Industrial Direct shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.9% of Air Lease shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Air Lease beats MSC Industrial Direct on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

MSC Industrial Direct (NYSE:MSM) and WESCO International (NYSE:WCC) are both mid-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability and institutional ownership.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares MSC Industrial Direct and WESCO International's revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
MSC Industrial Direct$3.19 billion1.49$251.76 million$4.7418.01
WESCO International$8.36 billion0.40$223.43 million$5.2012.78

MSC Industrial Direct has higher earnings, but lower revenue than WESCO International. WESCO International is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than MSC Industrial Direct, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

MSC Industrial Direct has a beta of 0.88, suggesting that its stock price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, WESCO International has a beta of 2.09, suggesting that its stock price is 109% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares MSC Industrial Direct and WESCO International's net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net MarginsReturn on EquityReturn on Assets
MSC Industrial Direct7.87%19.38%10.67%
WESCO International1.42%8.34%3.01%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for MSC Industrial Direct and WESCO International, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell RatingsHold RatingsBuy RatingsStrong Buy RatingsRating Score
MSC Industrial Direct15202.13
WESCO International04612.73

MSC Industrial Direct currently has a consensus price target of $74.5714, indicating a potential downside of 12.64%. WESCO International has a consensus price target of $55.00, indicating a potential downside of 17.22%. Given MSC Industrial Direct's higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe MSC Industrial Direct is more favorable than WESCO International.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

70.4% of MSC Industrial Direct shares are held by institutional investors. 28.8% of MSC Industrial Direct shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.7% of WESCO International shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

MSC Industrial Direct beats WESCO International on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.


MSC Industrial Direct Competitors List

Competitor NameCompetitor BTM RankCompetitor PriceCompetitor Price ChangeCompetitor Market CapCompetitor RevenueCompetitor P/E RatioCompetitor Indicator(s)
Fastenal logo
FAST
Fastenal
2.1$48.19-1.6%$27.66 billion$5.33 billion33.01Dividend Announcement
W.W. Grainger logo
GWW
W.W. Grainger
2.2$414.58-1.4%$22.25 billion$11.49 billion35.80
United Rentals logo
URI
United Rentals
1.8$230.46-3.2%$16.62 billion$9.35 billion15.54Analyst Upgrade
Watsco logo
WSO
Watsco
1.2$223.75-1.7%$8.61 billion$4.77 billion36.68
Air Lease logo
AL
Air Lease
2.4$38.63-3.1%$4.40 billion$2.02 billion7.93Unusual Options Activity
WESCO International logo
WCC
WESCO International
1.8$66.44-1.4%$3.32 billion$8.36 billion24.07Analyst Upgrade
Applied Industrial Technologies logo
AIT
Applied Industrial Technologies
1.9$80.38-1.7%$3.12 billion$3.25 billion164.04
GATX logo
GATX
GATX
1.4$81.26-2.7%$2.84 billion$1.39 billion15.16Insider Selling
Beacon Roofing Supply logo
BECN
Beacon Roofing Supply
1.6$37.71-0.1%$2.60 billion$6.94 billion-22.85Analyst Revision
Rush Enterprises logo
RUSHA
Rush Enterprises
2.0$39.42-1.0%$2.16 billion$5.81 billion21.35Insider Selling
Kaman logo
KAMN
Kaman
2.0$56.19-1.3%$1.56 billion$761.61 million1,873.62Analyst Report
Textainer Group logo
TGH
Textainer Group
1.1$18.78-1.8%$1.07 billion$619.76 million20.87
H&E Equipment Services logo
HEES
H&E Equipment Services
1.8$28.08-1.9%$1.01 billion$1.35 billion280.80Analyst Upgrade
MRC Global logo
MRC
MRC Global
1.5$6.24-10.4%$513.17 million$3.66 billion-1.61
Titan Machinery logo
TITN
Titan Machinery
1.7$18.53-4.7%$417.54 million$1.31 billion23.76Earnings Announcement
Analyst Report
High Trading Volume
Analyst Revision
Heavy News Reporting
DXP Enterprises logo
DXPE
DXP Enterprises
1.1$22.61-3.4%$402.26 million$1.27 billion-16.15
BlueLinx logo
BXC
BlueLinx
1.3$26.44-2.1%$250.18 million$2.64 billion5.03
WLFC
Willis Lease Finance
1.2$32.54-0.7%$194.43 million$409.16 million5.62
Houston Wire & Cable logo
HWCC
Houston Wire & Cable
0.7$2.60-0.0%$43.02 million$338.29 million-14.44
This page was last updated on 11/26/2020 by MarketBeat.com Staff

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