KAR Auction Services' Shares Jumped: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of vehicle auctioneer specialist KAR Auction Services (NYS: KAR) revved up an early 11.3% gain before falling back to a more modest 3% gain, all on spasms of heavy trading in otherwise light action.

So what: A glowing value-based recommendation, published after hours last night on Seeking Alpha, inspired an impressive but low-volume and quickly erased price spike. Such is the market-moving power of popular blogs when dealing with thinly traded stocks like KAR.

Now what: If you like the used-car market, KAR stands about a belly button below quality competitors Comerica (NYS: CMA) and Copart (NAS: CPRT) in nearly every department. KAR's operating margins are about half of Copart's or Comerica's, and its growth engines have stalled. Some stocks are cheap for a reason, and this one looks like a lemon. Back to the dealership you go.

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