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

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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 up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Dollar General Corporation rose $2.27 (5.4%) to $44.60 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8.8 million shares of Dollar General Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $42.22-$44.75 after having opened the day at $42.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.33. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: SUPERVALU ( SVU), up 13.5%, GNC Acquisition Holdings ( GNC), up 5.3%, QKL Stores ( QKLS), up 3.9%, and Christopher & Banks Corporation ( CBK), up 3.5%.
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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 $14.11 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), down 7%, Orchard Supply Hardware ( OSH), down 6.7%, ALCO Stores ( ALCS), down 4%, and Haverty Furniture Companies CL A ( HVT.A), down 3.9%, were all laggards within the retail industry with Walgreen Company ( WAG) 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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