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Zain Akbari

Zain Akbari, CFA, is an equity analyst for Morningstar.


Investor concern about the prospect of Amazon disrupting the automotive parts retail sector have created opportunities in Advance Auto Parts and AutoZone, both of which are now trading at attractive discounts to our valuations.

Despite somewhat soft domestic sales growth, the narrow-moat auto-parts retailer continued to boost profitability, and should be able to increase margins through operating leverage as it scales.