O’Reilly Automotive Inc. (NASDAQ:ORLY)’s share price traded up 3.8% during trading on Thursday . The stock traded as high as $292.84 and last traded at $288.06, with a volume of 1,862,952 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $277.51.

Several equities analysts have commented on the company. Vetr downgraded O’Reilly Automotive from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $301.89 price target on the stock. in a report on Tuesday, June 28th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of O’Reilly Automotive from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, April 25th. Wolfe Research upgraded shares of O’Reilly Automotive from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 12th. Deutsche Bank AG restated a “buy” rating on shares of O’Reilly Automotive in a research note on Thursday, April 14th. Finally, Citigroup Inc. raised their price objective on shares of O’Reilly Automotive from $295.00 to $310.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, April 29th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating, fourteen have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $294.44.

The firm has a market capitalization of $27.84 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 29.76. The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $270.93 and its 200-day moving average price is $263.64.

O’Reilly Automotive (NASDAQ:ORLY) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 27th. The company reported $2.65 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.68 by $0.03. The firm earned $2.18 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.19 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $2.29 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 6.9% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts predict that O’Reilly Automotive Inc. will post $10.73 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other news, CFO Thomas Mcfall sold 10,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, June 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $270.00, for a total value of $2,700,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 15,065 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,067,550. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, SVP Tony E. Bartholomew acquired 1,700 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 23rd. The stock was purchased at an average price of $256.00 per share, with a total value of $435,200.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the senior vice president now directly owns 15,981 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,091,136. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here.

Several institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Genesee Valley Trust Co. boosted its position in O’Reilly Automotive by 4.2% in the fourth quarter. Genesee Valley Trust Co. now owns 4,789 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,214,000 after buying an additional 195 shares during the last quarter. Stephens Inc. AR boosted its position in O’Reilly Automotive by 7.5% in the fourth quarter. Stephens Inc. AR now owns 5,737 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,454,000 after buying an additional 399 shares during the last quarter. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS boosted its position in O’Reilly Automotive by 0.9% in the fourth quarter. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS now owns 6,445 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,633,000 after buying an additional 58 shares during the last quarter. Financial Counselors Inc. boosted its position in O’Reilly Automotive by 38.8% in the fourth quarter. Financial Counselors Inc. now owns 6,770 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,716,000 after buying an additional 1,893 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Cibc World Markets Corp boosted its position in O’Reilly Automotive by 19.4% in the fourth quarter. Cibc World Markets Corp now owns 8,210 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,081,000 after buying an additional 1,332 shares during the last quarter.

O’Reilly Automotive, Inc is a specialty retailer of automotive aftermarket parts, tools, supplies, equipment and accessories in the United States. The Company offers its products to both do-it-yourself (DIY) and professional service provider customers. Its stores’ product line includes new and remanufactured automotive hard parts, such as alternators, starters, fuel pumps, water pumps, brake system components, batteries, belts, hoses, temperature control and engine parts; maintenance items, such as filters, lighting, engine additives and appearance products, and accessories, such as floor mats, seat covers and truck accessories.

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