Barclays Raises PT and Estimates on Advance Auto Parts (AAP); Current Gas Prices Still Support Growth, But What About $5+/Gallon?

March 20, 2012 1:01 PM EDT
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Barclays maintains an 'Equalweight' on Advance Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP) price target raised from $90 to $95.

Analkyst, Alan M. Rifkin, said, "We are raising our estimates and price target on AAP based on positive weather trends, strong company execution on both the commercial and DIY side and continued industry strength. Our new 1Q EPS estimate of $1.85, now $0.10 above the Street, is based on 5% comps, up from 2.5% prior." (FY12 EPS estimate raised from $5.80 to $6.05 and FY13 from $6.65 to $6.90)

Rufkin also noted that if U.S. gas prices move up to $5/gallon, there could be negative affects on the entire industry, but currently, prices still support continued growth.

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Shares of Advance Auto Parts closed at $88.50 yesterday.

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