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JPMorgan Upgrades O'Reilly Ahead Of Winter's Harsh Driving Conditions

Elizabeth Balboa

O’Reilly Automotive Inc (NASDAQ: ORLY) is up 62 percent year-over-year, and one team of analysts expects the run to accelerate.

The Rating

JPMorgan upgraded O’Reilly to Overweight and increased their price target from $311 to $398.

The Thesis

The analysts derived optimism from strength in the broader industry, the firm’s fundamentals, and its do-it-for-me segment, which comprises 43 percent of sales.

By their estimates, O’Reilly’s large supply chain well positions it for market-share expansion, and 2019 through 2021 are expected to see an uptick in aging vehicles with repair needs. At the same time, a colder, snowier winter could drive early demand for seasonal items and heighten demand for maintenance-related parts.

“Moreover, positioning ahead of likely slowing consumption in 2019 after the tax reform-aided pace of the past year, higher rates, and heightened tariff risk, we like the autoparts space (and ORLY's perch) relative to others in our coverage given its failure/maintenance-driven demand and limited price transparency in the DIFM channel,” they wrote in a note.

Overall, JPMorgan sees sustainable earnings-per-share growth with earnings upside. Accordingly, it increased third-quarter same-store-sales forecasts above the 3.6-percent consensus to 4 percent.

Price Action

At time of publication, O'Reilly shares traded up 1 percent to $342.10.

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Latest Ratings for ORLY

Date Firm Action From To
Oct 2018 JP Morgan Upgrades Neutral Overweight
Oct 2018 Morgan Stanley Maintains Equal-Weight Equal-Weight
Sep 2018 Bank of America Maintains Buy Buy

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