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 up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Dollar General Corporation fell $1.44 (-2.5%) to $57.35 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5,347,212 shares of Dollar General Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,609,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $57.30-$58.78 after having opened the day at $58.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.79. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: Tilly's ( TLYS), down 24.4%, dELiA*s ( DLIA), down 4.6%, ( STMP), down 4.1% and Pacific Sunwear ( PSUN), 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 $18.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 32.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 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, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, BioScrip ( BIOS), up 17.3%, Body Central ( BODY), up 5.1%, E-Commerce China Dangdang ( DANG), up 4.6% and Tile Shop Holdings ( TTS), up 3.7% , were all gainers within the retail industry with J.C. Penney ( JCP) 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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