Dollar General Corporation

(

DG

) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.9%. By the end of trading, Dollar General Corporation rose 50 cents (1%) to $48.56 on average volume. Throughout the day, three million shares of Dollar General Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $47.31-$48.59 after having opened the day at $47.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.06. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were:

Fresh Market

(

TFM

), up 14.9%,

Cache

(

CACH

), up 4.4%,

Ascena Retail Group

(

ASNA

), up 3.2%, and

China Jo-Jo Drugstores

(

CJJD

), up 3%.

Dollar General Corporation operates as a discount retailer primarily in the southern, southwestern, midwestern, and eastern United States. Dollar General Corporation has a market cap of $16.1 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.4, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Dollar General Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front,

Pep Boys - Manny Moe & Jack

(

PBY

), down 19.8%,

Sears Holdings Corporation

(

SHLD

), down 9%,

Tilly's

(

TLYS

), down 8.5%, and

E-Commerce China Dangdang

(

DANG

), down 7.7%, were all losers within the retail industry with

Lowe's Companies

(

LOW

) being today's retail industry loser.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the retail industry could consider

SPDR S&P Retail ETF

(

XRT

) while those bearish on the retail industry could consider

ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods

(

SZK

).

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