O’Reilly Automotive Inc (NASDAQ:ORLY) SVP Scott E. Kraus sold 5,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $325.00, for a total transaction of $1,625,000.00. Following the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 6,479 shares in the company, valued at $2,105,675. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink.

Shares of ORLY traded up $1.31 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $329.85. The company had a trading volume of 28,550 shares, compared to its average volume of 826,842. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 8.45, a quick ratio of 0.11 and a current ratio of 0.92. O’Reilly Automotive Inc has a 1-year low of $190.00 and a 1-year high of $329.21. The stock has a market capitalization of $25.69 billion, a PE ratio of 27.65, a P/E/G ratio of 1.28 and a beta of 0.96.

O’Reilly Automotive (NASDAQ:ORLY) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, July 25th. The specialty retailer reported $4.28 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $4.04 by $0.24. O’Reilly Automotive had a net margin of 13.42% and a return on equity of 229.48%. The business had revenue of $2.46 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.43 billion. During the same period last year, the company earned $3.10 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 7.2% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts expect that O’Reilly Automotive Inc will post 15.9 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Several research firms have issued reports on ORLY. Oppenheimer raised their price target on shares of O’Reilly Automotive from $305.00 to $360.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 8th. Wells Fargo & Co reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $345.00 price target on shares of O’Reilly Automotive in a research note on Tuesday, August 7th. BidaskClub raised shares of O’Reilly Automotive from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 7th. ValuEngine raised shares of O’Reilly Automotive from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, August 3rd. Finally, UBS Group raised their target price on shares of O’Reilly Automotive from $310.00 to $340.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 26th. Eight investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, nine have assigned a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $318.69.

A number of hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. lifted its position in O’Reilly Automotive by 4.8% during the second quarter. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. now owns 3,471 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $950,000 after buying an additional 160 shares in the last quarter. Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. lifted its position in O’Reilly Automotive by 2.7% during the second quarter. Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. now owns 6,243 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $1,709,000 after buying an additional 166 shares in the last quarter. Eads & Heald Wealth Management lifted its position in O’Reilly Automotive by 3.4% during the second quarter. Eads & Heald Wealth Management now owns 5,697 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $1,559,000 after buying an additional 186 shares in the last quarter. IFM Investors Pty Ltd lifted its position in O’Reilly Automotive by 7.5% during the first quarter. IFM Investors Pty Ltd now owns 2,749 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $680,000 after buying an additional 191 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Rational Advisors LLC lifted its position in O’Reilly Automotive by 2.0% during the second quarter. Rational Advisors LLC now owns 9,825 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $2,688,000 after buying an additional 192 shares in the last quarter. 88.36% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

O’Reilly Automotive Company Profile

O'Reilly Automotive, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the retail of automotive aftermarket parts, tools, supplies, equipment, and accessories in the United States. The company provides new and remanufactured automotive hard parts, such as alternators, starters, fuel pumps, water pumps, brake system components, batteries, belts, hoses, temperature controls, chassis parts, driveline parts, and engine parts; maintenance items comprising oil, antifreeze products, fluids, filters, wiper blades, lighting products, engine additives, and appearance products; and accessories, such as floor mats, seat covers, and truck accessories.

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