Dollar General Corporation (DG): Today's Featured Retail Loser

Dollar General Corporation ( DG) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Dollar General Corporation fell $1.32 (-2.4%) to $53.74 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.3 million shares of Dollar General Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $53.30-$55.33 after having opened the day at $55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.06. Other company's within the Retail industry that declined today were: QKL Stores ( QKLS), down 9.1%, Bon-Ton Stores ( BONT), down 5.6%, Cache ( CACH), down 5.1%, and E-Commerce China Dangdang ( DANG), down 4.3%.

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 $18.12 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.7, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 32.7% 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, 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 is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the positive front, Christopher & Banks Corporation ( CBK), up 6.2%, Pacific Sunwear ( PSUN), up 6%, Jos A. Bank Clothiers ( JOSB), up 5%, and Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), up 4.4%, were all gainers within the retail industry with O'Reilly Automotive ( ORLY) being today's featured retail industry winner.

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).