NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) -- The ex-dividend date for

Genuine Parts Company

(NYSE:

GPC

) is tomorrow, March 7, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 50 cents per share. At a price of $62.35 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.2%.

The average volume for Genuine Parts has been 824,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Genuine Parts has a market cap of $10.06 billion and is part of the

services

sector and

wholesale

industry. Shares are up 2.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

Genuine Parts Company distributes automotive replacement parts, industrial replacement parts, office products, and electrical/electronic materials in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.5, below the average wholesale industry P/E ratio of 18.6 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Genuine Parts as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full

Genuine Parts Ratings Report

.

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