Friday, January 15, 2016

Previewing MSC Industrial Direct Earnings

It's no secret that growth in the industrial sector has slowed in the last year, and manufacturing has borne the brunt of it. Worse yet, MSC Industrial Direct Co.'s (NYSE:MSM) competitors, Fastenal (NASDAQ:FAST) and W.WGrainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW), have already reported weak sales numbers in December. It's going to be a difficult quarter for the industrial supply companies.
That said, investors will want to keep a keen eye out for MSC Industrial's first-quarter results and commentary on Jan. 6 and hope for signs of future improvement. Here are three things to look for.

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