Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model

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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 0.4%. By the end of trading, Dollar General Corporation rose $1.53 (3.1%) to $50.07 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 8.4 million shares of Dollar General Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $48.22-$50.53 after having opened the day at $48.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.54. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were:

Buckle Incorporated

(

BKE

), up 7.1%,

Wet Seal

(

WTSLA

), up 6.4%,

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage

(

NGVC

), up 5.1%, and

China Jo-Jo Drugstores

(

CJJD

), up 4%.

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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 $16.22 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.3, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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, 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.

On the negative front,

Sears Holdings Corporation

(

SHLD

), down 7.9%,

Alon Holdings Blue Square - Israel

(

BSI

), down 7.5%,

U.S. Auto Parts Network

(

PRTS

), down 5.1%, and

Cache

(

CACH

), down 4.7%, were all laggards within the retail industry with

Best Buy

(

BBY

) being today's retail industry laggard.

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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