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“Only buy something that you’d be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 years.”

— Warren Buffett

The investment philosophy practiced by Warren Buffett calls for investors to take a long-term horizon when making an investment, such as a decade-long holding period (or even longer), and reconsider making the investment in the first place if unable to envision holding the stock for at least five years. Today, we look at how such a long-term strategy would have done for investors in O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. (NASD: ORLY) back in 2013, holding through to today.

Start date: 11/06/2013


End date: 11/03/2023
Start price/share: $124.25
End price/share: $952.84
Starting shares: 80.48
Ending shares: 80.48
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 666.87%
Average annual return: 22.61%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $76,696.20

The above analysis shows the decade-long investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 22.61%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $76,696.20 today (as of 11/03/2023). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 666.87% (something to think about: how might ORLY shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

One more investment quote to leave you with:
“Go for a business that any idiot can run – because sooner or later, any idiot probably is going to run it.” — Peter Lynch