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 0.7%. By the end of trading, Dollar General Corporation rose $1.02 (1.8%) to $58.77 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,492,943 shares of Dollar General Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,885,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $57.54-$58.82 after having opened the day at $57.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.75. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Conn's ( CONN), up 6.1%, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage ( NGVC), up 5.3%, Pharmerica Corporation ( PMC), up 4.9% and Sprouts Farmers Market ( SFM), up 4.6%.

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 $18.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 31.8% 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 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, 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 6.5%, New York & Company ( NWY), down 3.2%, Coastal Contacts ( COA), down 2.8% and Chico's FAS ( CHS), down 2.6% , were all laggards within the retail industry with J.C. Penney ( JCP) 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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