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An inside look at O’Reilly Auto stock trades this month

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Nine O’Reilly Automotive Inc. (Nasdaq: ORLY) executives and board members netted a combined $6.3 million in stock trades this month, according to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings examined by Springfield Business Journal.

The largest transaction was by board member Rosalie O’Reilly Wooten, who on Nov. 14 sold 10,000 shares at roughly $220.25 apiece, or $2.2 million. Also above the $1 million mark was Chief Financial Officer Thomas McFall, who executed his contractual rights under the SEC transaction code M to buy shares at a set cost and sell them at market prices. On Nov. 14, he acquired 10,000 shares at $28.70 apiece and sold them for $220 apiece, netting $1.9 million, according to a filing.

Other transactions this month, by net gain:
    •    Co-President Gregory Johnson, $986,750;
    •    board member Paul Lederer, $419,913;
    •    Senior Vice President of Real Estate and Expansion Scott Kraus, $284,763;
    •    Senior Vice President of Inventory Management Randy Johnson, $196,134;
    •    Senior Vice President of Distribution Larry Ellis, $150,000;
    •    Senior Vice President of Finance and Controller Jeremy Fletcher, $132,379; and
    •    board chairman David O’Reilly, $21,114.

O’Reilly Automotive a month ago reported a third-quarter earnings increase of 2 percent to of $283.7 million, or or $3.22 per diluted share. For the fourth quarter, company officials are projecting diluted share earnings of $2.65 to $2.75.

ORLY shares were trading at $215.27 as of 10:44 a.m., compared with a 52-week range of $169.43 to $286.57.

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