News stories about O'Reilly Automotive (NASDAQ:ORLY) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Alpha One Sentiment Analysis. The research firm, a service of Accern, identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Alpha One ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. O'Reilly Automotive earned a daily sentiment score of 0.22 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also assigned news articles about the specialty retailer an impact score of 0 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is extremely unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the media stories that may have effected AlphaOne Sentiment’s scoring:

O'Reilly Automotive (NASDAQ:ORLY) traded up 1.60% during trading on Thursday, reaching $263.00. 742,190 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. O'Reilly Automotive has a 12 month low of $248.02 and a 12 month high of $292.84. The firm has a market cap of $24.10 billion, a PE ratio of 24.51 and a beta of 0.69. The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $265.61 and a 200-day moving average price of $270.88.

O'Reilly Automotive (NASDAQ:ORLY) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, February 7th. The specialty retailer reported $2.59 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $2.54 by $0.05. O'Reilly Automotive had a net margin of 12.08% and a return on equity of 57.99%. The business had revenue of $2.10 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.09 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $2.19 EPS. O'Reilly Automotive’s quarterly revenue was up 7.7% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts forecast that O'Reilly Automotive will post $12.37 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of equities research analysts have recently commented on the company. Royal Bank of Canada increased their price objective on O'Reilly Automotive from $296.00 to $304.00 and gave the company a “sector perform” rating in a research report on Thursday, February 9th. Credit Suisse Group AG set a $290.00 target price on O'Reilly Automotive and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday, March 4th. Zacks Investment Research lowered O'Reilly Automotive from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, February 28th. Deutsche Bank AG increased their target price on O'Reilly Automotive from $275.00 to $315.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 18th. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC restated a “buy” rating and issued a $302.00 target price on shares of O'Reilly Automotive in a report on Thursday, February 9th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and eleven have given a buy rating to the company. O'Reilly Automotive currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $306.34.

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In related news, CEO Gregory L. Henslee sold 10,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, March 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $275.00, for a total value of $2,750,000.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 32,599 shares in the company, valued at approximately $8,964,725. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, Director Jay D. Burchfield sold 5,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, February 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $270.03, for a total transaction of $1,350,150.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 23,047 shares in the company, valued at approximately $6,223,381.41. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders sold 61,188 shares of company stock worth $16,555,664. 3.37% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

O'Reilly Automotive Company Profile

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.

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