Advantus Capital Management Inc trimmed its holdings in shares of O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. (NASDAQ:ORLY) by 3.8% during the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 8,943 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock after selling 350 shares during the quarter. Advantus Capital Management Inc owned about 10,160.19% of O’Reilly Automotive worth $1,926,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

A number of other large investors have also added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Proficio Capital Partners LLC increased its position in O’Reilly Automotive by 1.0% during the second quarter. Proficio Capital Partners LLC now owns 501 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $105,000 after acquiring an additional 5 shares during the period. HL Financial Services LLC increased its holdings in O’Reilly Automotive by 1.4% in the 2nd quarter. HL Financial Services LLC now owns 2,005 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $439,000 after buying an additional 27 shares during the period. First Personal Financial Services increased its holdings in O’Reilly Automotive by 3.8% in the 2nd quarter. First Personal Financial Services now owns 1,049 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $230,000 after buying an additional 38 shares during the period. Pacer Advisors Inc. increased its holdings in O’Reilly Automotive by 1.4% in the 2nd quarter. Pacer Advisors Inc. now owns 3,053 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $668,000 after buying an additional 42 shares during the period. Finally, Monetary Management Group Inc. increased its holdings in O’Reilly Automotive by 16.3% in the 2nd quarter. Monetary Management Group Inc. now owns 465 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $102,000 after buying an additional 65 shares during the period. 96.67% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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Several equities analysts have commented on the stock. Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. decreased their target price on shares of O’Reilly Automotive from $300.00 to $220.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a report on Thursday, July 20th. Wedbush reissued a “neutral” rating and issued a $195.00 target price on shares of O’Reilly Automotive in a report on Thursday, July 27th. Deutsche Bank AG reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $190.00 target price (down from $272.00) on shares of O’Reilly Automotive in a report on Friday, July 21st. UBS AG reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $230.00 target price (down from $255.00) on shares of O’Reilly Automotive in a report on Tuesday, July 25th. Finally, Bank of America Corporation reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $250.00 target price on shares of O’Reilly Automotive in a report on Tuesday, September 5th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating, ten have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. O’Reilly Automotive has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $243.48.

In related news, SVP Randy Johnson sold 1,040 shares of O’Reilly Automotive stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, September 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $197.19, for a total transaction of $205,077.60. Following the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 9,238 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,821,641.22. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, SVP Scott E. Kraus sold 1,500 shares of O’Reilly Automotive stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, November 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $212.49, for a total transaction of $318,735.00. Following the sale, the senior vice president now owns 2,959 shares in the company, valued at $628,757.91. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 14,620 shares of company stock worth $2,959,471. 3.12% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. (NASDAQ:ORLY) traded up $3.34 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $214.43. 843,629 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,186,436. The company has a current ratio of 0.93, a quick ratio of 0.10 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 4.72. O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. has a twelve month low of $169.43 and a twelve month high of $286.57. The firm has a market cap of $17,948.50, a P/E ratio of 18.34, a PEG ratio of 1.25 and a beta of 0.80.

O’Reilly Automotive (NASDAQ:ORLY) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, October 25th. The specialty retailer reported $3.22 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $3.15 by $0.07. O’Reilly Automotive had a net margin of 12.13% and a return on equity of 93.18%. The business had revenue of $2.34 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.34 billion. During the same period last year, the company earned $2.90 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 5.3% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts predict that O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. will post 11.91 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

O’Reilly Automotive declared that its Board of Directors has initiated a share buyback program on Friday, September 1st that permits the company to repurchase $1.00 billion in outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization permits the specialty retailer to reacquire up to 5.8% of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase programs are often a sign that the company’s board believes its shares are undervalued.

About O’Reilly Automotive

O’Reilly Automotive, Inc is a specialty retailer of automotive aftermarket parts, tools, supplies, equipment and accessories in the United States. The Company sells its products to both do-it-yourself (DIY) and professional service provider customers. The Company’s 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, chassis parts, driveline parts and engine parts; maintenance items, such as oil, antifreeze, fluids, filters, wiper blades, lighting, engine additives and appearance products, and accessories, such as floor mats, seat covers and truck accessories.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for O`Reilly Automotive (NASDAQ:ORLY)

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