NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- CarMax (KMX) shares are up 6.8% to $64.66 in early market trading on Friday after the new and used car retailer reported its third quarter earnings results before the opening bell today.
The company reported a 16% increase in revenue to $3.41 billion from $2.94 billion during the same period last year. That number topped analysts' expectations of $3.3 billion in revenue during the period.
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CarMax also reported net income of $130 million, or 60 cents per share, which also beat analysts' guidance of 54 cents per share by six cents.
The company said that easier access to credit was a reason for the earnings beat after reporting a 14% rise in used car sales over the same period last year to 139,158 cars sold.
TheStreet Ratings team rates CARMAX INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate CARMAX INC (KMX) a BUY. This is driven by multiple strengths, 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 revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated."