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

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O'Reilly Automotive ( ORLY) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, O'Reilly Automotive fell $1.04 (-1.2%) to $83.30 on light volume. Throughout the day, 849,916 shares of O'Reilly Automotive exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $83.02-$84.62 after having opened the day at $84.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.34. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: American Learning ( ALRN), down 20%, Overseas Shipholding Group ( OSG), down 13.6%, Digital Cinema Destinations ( DCIN), down 13.2%, and Charm Communications ( CHRM), down 10.4%.

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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 $10.07 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.3, below the average retail industry P/E ratio of 19.5 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, Inuvo ( INUV), up 33.3%, DS Torm ( TRMD), up 21.1%, ENGlobal Corporation ( ENG), up 11.8%, and Innovaro ( INV), up 11.7%, were all gainers within the services sector with Lowe's Companies ( LOW) being today's featured services sector leader.

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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