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

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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 down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Dollar General Corporation fell $1.03 (-1.9%) to $52.47 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,476,123 shares of Dollar General Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,389,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $52.40-$53.32 after having opened the day at $53.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.50. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: Jos A Bank Clothiers ( JOSB), down 7.0%, Nordstrom ( JWN), down 4.9%, ValueVision Media ( VVTV), down 4.7% and Dillards ( DDS), down 3.9%.

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 $17.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 21.3% 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 shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), up 16.0%, QKL Stores ( QKLS), up 7.6%, ALCO Stores ( ALCS), up 4.2% and E-Commerce China Dangdang ( DANG), up 3.6% , were all gainers within the retail industry with Lumber Liquidators Holdings ( LL) 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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