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

Dollar General Corporation ( DG) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Dollar General Corporation fell $1.88 (-3.4%) to $53.77 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 7,577,138 shares of Dollar General Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,341,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $53.45-$54.40 after having opened the day at $54.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.65. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: ALCO Stores ( ALCS), down 7.2%, Bon-Ton Stores ( BONT), down 4.4%, Restoration Hardware Holdings ( RH), down 3.8% and Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), down 3.3%.

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 $17.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 24.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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, 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 has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Acorn International ( ATV), up 11.4%, RadioShack ( RSH), up 11.0%, Ingles Markets ( IMKTA), up 6.3% and Christopher & Banks Corporation ( CBK), up 6.2% , were all gainers within the retail industry with eBay ( EBAY) being today's featured retail industry leader.

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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