NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- As the stock market wraps up a record-breaking year, TheStreet's Jim Cramer has selected 12 sectors where he thinks investors should put their money.

Among them is auto, specifically the auto parts sub-sector.  In each of Cramer's 12 sectors, "you can almost throw darts and win with a couple of rare exceptions," he wrote in Here Are 12 Sectors to Bet On on the Real Money Web site.

"Here's an oddity: The auto companies are just beginning to perk up on the decline in oil; that breeds bigger truck purchases where the gross margins are bountiful. But the stars of the group? Auto parts," Cramer wrote.

Four of the five auto parts companies that Cramer likes are components of the Morgan Stanley Retail Index. The Index is up 5.4% this year compared to the S&P 500 Index, which is up 12%.

We've listed Cramer's picks alongside the TheStreet Ratings, TheStreet's proprietary stock rating tool which projects a stock's total return potential over a 12-month period including both price appreciation and dividends. Based on 30 major data points, TheStreet Ratings uses a quantitative approach to rating stocks. The model is both objective, using elements such as volatility of past operating revenues, financial strength, and company cash flows, and subjective, including expected equities market returns, future interest rates, implied industry outlook and forecasted company earnings.

Cramer's analysis and that of TheStreet Ratings may differ as Cramer may evaluate stocks without regard to time horizon, while TheStreet Ratings uses consensus estimates for the next 12 months only. In addition, changes in TheStreet Ratings may lag Jim Cramer's analysis, as consensus estimates may take some time to change meaningfully.

Read on to see Cramer's picks in the auto parts industry.

Genuine Parts (GPC - Get Report) , a distributor of automotive replacement parts, industrial replacement parts, office products and electrical/electronic materials. The company has a network of approximately 2,600 distribution centers located throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand.

Genuine Parts' 2013 sales were approximately $14 billion.

Market Cap: $16 billion

52-week high: $103.54 on Nov. 28

52-week low: $76.50 on Feb. 4

Year-to-date Return: 23%

TheStreet Ratings team rates GENUINE PARTS CO as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate GENUINE PARTS CO (GPC) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: GPC Ratings Report

Advance Auto Parts

Advance Auto Parts (AAP - Get Report) is a large retailer of automotive replacement parts and accessories in the U.S., serving both the do-it-yourself and professional installer markets.

Advance Auto Parts' 2013 sales were $6.5 billion. (The company acquired General Parts International on Jan. 2, 2014, which operates under the Carquest and Worldpac brands.) As of October 2014, the company had 5,414 stores.

Market Cap: $11 billion

52-week high: $149.83 on Nov. 5

52-week low: $100.94 on Dec. 2, 2013

Year-to-date Return: 34%

TheStreet Ratings team rates ADVANCE AUTO PARTS INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate ADVANCE AUTO PARTS INC (AAP) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: AAP Ratings Report

AutoZone

AutoZone (AZO) is a leading retailer and a leading distributor of automotive replacement parts and accessories with just under 5,000 stores in US, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Brazil.

AutoZone's 2013 sales were $8.9 billion. (The company reported fiscal fourth quarter 2014 sales in September of $9.5 billion.)

Market Cap: $19 billion

52-week high: $583 on Nov. 28

52-week low: $454.88 on Dec. 4, 2013

Year-to-date Return: 22%

TheStreet Ratings team rates AUTOZONE INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate AUTOZONE INC (AZO) a BUY. This is driven by several positive factors, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: AZO Ratings Report

Snap-on Inc.

Snap-on (SNA - Get Report) manufactures and markets high-end hand and power tools, tool storage, diagnostics software, information and management systems, shop equipment and other solutions for vehicle dealerships and repair centers, as well as for customers in various industries, including aviation and aerospace, agriculture, construction, government and military, mining, natural resources, power generation and technical education.

Snap-On Tools' 2013 sales were $3.05 billion.

Market Cap: $8 billion

52-week high: $137.83 on Nov. 21

52-week low: $96.24 on Feb. 4

Year-to-date Return: 24%

TheStreet Ratings team rates SNAP-ON INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate SNAP-ON INC (SNA) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. 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, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: SNA Ratings Report

Cramer's top pick in the auto-parts sector is O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY - Get Report) .

O'Reilly Automotive has "become the loved stock," Cramer wrote. "I am partial to Snap-On Tools, but it doesn't have O'Reilly's momentum."

O'Reilly Automotive

O'Reilly Automotive is an aftermarket retailer of automotive parts, tools, supplies, equipment and accessories in the U.S. O'Reilly had 4,166 stores at the end of 2013.

Sales in 2013 for O'Reilly Automotive were $6.6 billion.

Market Cap: $19 billion

52-week high: $183.63 on Nov. 28

52-week low: $120.34 on Dec. 4, 2013

Year-to-date Return: 42%

TheStreet Ratings team rates O'REILLY AUTOMOTIVE INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate O'REILLY AUTOMOTIVE INC (ORLY) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: ORLY Ratings Report

-- Written by Laurie Kulikowski in New York.

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