Why Shares of Motorcar Parts of America, Inc. Jumped

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What: Shares of Motorcar Parts of America (NASDAQ: MPAA  ) were shifting into high gear today, finishing up 15% after a strong third-quarter earnings report.

So what: The aftermarket auto-parts manufacturer breezed past estimates as earnings per share hit $0.39 a share against expectations of $0.26, while revenues jumped 29% to $65.6 million, beating expectations of $62.7 million. CEO Selwyn Joffe said, "Results for the quarter benefited from continued strong industry dynamics," and he was positive about the future, adding, "We anticipate this momentum will continue, supported by an aging vehicle population and recent extreme weather conditions throughout the nation."

Now what: Motorcar did not provide guidance, but Joffe's statement should be reassuring to investors. Aftermarket retailers such as Advance Auto Parts and O'Reilly Auto Parts also reported strong quarters, and the nation's aging vehicle inventory will take at least a few years to cycle through, meaning we could see more reports like this for Motorcar. Whether or not you're a believer in the economic recovery, Motorcar seems like a good way to play it for the near future.

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