Dollar General Corporation (DG): Today's Featured Services Laggard

Dollar General Corporation ( DG) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Dollar General Corporation fell $1.07 (-2.0%) to $51.36 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,593,533 shares of Dollar General Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,467,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $51.23-$52.43 after having opened the day at $52.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.43. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: Hudson Technology ( HDSN), down 22.2%, Sino-Global Shipping America ( SINO), down 20.3%, Shengkai Innovations ( VALV), down 11.4% and SmartPros ( SPRO), down 10.9%.

Dollar General Corporation, a discount retailer, engages in the provision of various merchandise products in the United States. Dollar General Corporation has a market cap of $16.5 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Dollar General Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Destination XL Group ( DXLG), up 74.1%, Digital Domain Media Group ( DDMG), up 45.5%, Digital Domain Media Group ( DDMGQ), up 45.5% and Era Group ( ERA), up 24.2% , were all gainers within the services sector with Kohl's ( KSS) being today's featured services sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the services sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Services ( IYC) while those bearish on the services sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Consumer Sers ( SCC).

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