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Dollar General Corporation (DG): Today's Featured Services Laggard

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Dollar General Corporation ( DG) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Dollar General Corporation fell $1.42 (-2.4%) to $58.68 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,901,422 shares of Dollar General Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,315,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $58.52-$60.41 after having opened the day at $60.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.10. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: Liberator Medical Holdings ( LBMH), down 21.2%, China Yida ( CNYD), down 8.6%, Ruby Tuesday ( RT), down 8.3% and Home Inns & Hotels Management ( HMIN), down 8.1%.

Dollar General Corporation, a discount retailer, engages in the provision of various merchandise products in the United States. Dollar General Corporation has a market cap of $19.2 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Dollar General Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet 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 solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Armco Metals Holdings ( AMCO), up 38.4%, DLH Holdings ( DLHC), up 11.9%, InfoSonics Corporation ( IFON), up 11.3% and Teekay Tankers ( TNK), up 11.2% , were all gainers within the services sector with United Continental Holdings ( UAL) being today's featured services sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the services sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Services ( IYC) while those bearish on the services sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Consumer Sers ( SCC).

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