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O'Reilly Automotive Inc (ORLY): Today's Featured Services Winner

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O'Reilly Automotive ( ORLY) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, O'Reilly Automotive rose $1.60 (1.9%) to $84.08 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.4 million shares of O'Reilly Automotive exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $81.77-$84.56 after having opened the day at $82.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.48. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: Fortune Industries ( FFI), up 50.6%, Cleveland BioLabs ( CBLI), up 17.8%, NTN Buzztime ( NTN), up 10.5%, and Millennial Media ( MM), up 7%.

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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. O'Reilly Automotive has a market cap of $9.65 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.5, below the average retail industry P/E ratio of 18.7 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate O'Reilly Automotive a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates O'Reilly Automotive as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, XPO Logistics ( XPO), down 17.4%, ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), down 13.9%, ENGlobal Corporation ( ENG), down 13.6%, and Innovaro ( INV), down 13%, were all laggards within the services sector with Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD) being today's services sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the services sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Services ( IYC) while those bearish on the services sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Consumer Sers ( SCC).

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