Let's start with an unconventional e-commerce company. O'Reilly Automotive ( ORLY 1.54% ) probably isn't the first name that pops into your head when it comes to online shopping. However, its growth strategy has an omnichannel focus. Professional service providers can now place orders and receive local delivery with O'Reilly's proprietary platform made just for them. At the same time, DIY customers can do the same through the company's website.
O'Reilly could also capitalize on the enormous inflation we see in the new and used car markets. Gone are the days of haggling with the dealer for a deal well below the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP). Instead, new car buyers are getting sticker shock. Thanks to dwindling inventories and the rising cost of new cars, used car prices have been up more than 40% over the past year. As a result, it's a good bet many drivers will be holding on to their vehicles longer, and the demand for parts from both professional service providers and DIY car owners will remain strong.
The company is already posting impressive results with revenue increasing to $13.3 billion in 2021, up 15%. The company's diluted earnings per share (EPS) also increased 32% to reach $31.10 last year. That was due in part to the company's lucrative share buyback program, which totaled nearly $2.5 billion in 2021 alone. O'Reilly stock has gained over 40% in the past year, and the company is set up to continue its impressive run long term.
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