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 0.2%. By the end of trading, Dollar General Corporation rose $2.51 (4.7%) to $56.39 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 9,674,795 shares of Dollar General Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,374,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $55.29-$57.42 after having opened the day at $56.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.88. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Acorn International ( ATV), up 19.0%, J.C. Penney ( JCP), up 6.1%, Gaiam Inc. Class A ( GAIA), up 4.0% and Wet Seal ( WTSL), up 3.6%.

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 $17.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 22.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Dollar General Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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 negative front, Francescas Holdings ( FRAN), down 25.9%, Delhaize Group ( DEG), down 6.8%, China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), down 3.7% and Coastal Contacts ( COA), down 3.7% , were all laggards within the retail industry with Bed Bath & Beyond ( BBBY) 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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