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Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Dollar General

(

DG

) as an unusual social activity candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Dollar General as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • DG has 20x the normal benchmarked social activity for this time of the day compared to its average of 1.47 mentions/day.
  • DG has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $210.5 million.

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More details on DG:

Dollar General Corporation, a discount retailer, provides merchandise products in the United States. DG has a PE ratio of 17.5. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Dollar General a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Dollar General has been 4.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Dollar General has a market cap of $17.3 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. The stock has a beta of 0.34 and a short float of 2.4% with 1.89 days to cover. Shares are down 7.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Dollar General as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income 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.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 8.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 6.8%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $452.49 million or 2.72% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, DOLLAR GENERAL CORP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -76.97%.
  • DOLLAR GENERAL CORP's earnings per share improvement from the most recent quarter was slightly positive. 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 $3.17 versus $2.86 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.51 versus $3.17).
  • 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 1.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $317.42 million to $322.17 million.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.52, 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 0.28 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.

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