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Trade-Ideas: Dollar General Corporation (DG) Is Today's New Lifetime High Stock

Stocks in this article: DG

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Dollar General Corporation ( DG) as a new lifetime high candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Dollar General Corporation as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • DG has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $136.4 million.
  • DG has traded 4.1 million shares today.
  • DG is trading at a new lifetime high.

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More details on DG:

Dollar General Corporation, a discount retailer, engages in the provision of various merchandise products in the United States. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Dollar General Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Dollar General Corporation has been 3.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Dollar General has a market cap of $17.7 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. The stock has a beta of 0.05 and a short float of 2% with 2.24 days to cover.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Dollar General Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • DG's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 5.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 8.5%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • DOLLAR GENERAL CORP has improved earnings per share by 6.3% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, DOLLAR GENERAL CORP increased its bottom line by earning $2.86 versus $2.22 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.20 versus $2.86).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the Multiline Retail industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 3.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $213.42 million to $220.08 million.
  • The stock has risen over the past year as investors have generally rewarded the company for its earnings growth and other positive factors like the ones we have cited in this report. Looking ahead, the stock's rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that the other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.55, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.10 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.

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