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 down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Dollar General Corporation rose $3.44 (6.1%) to $59.81 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 11,002,831 shares of Dollar General Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,528,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $58.25-$60.25 after having opened the day at $58.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.37. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Conn's ( CONN), up 19.4%, Gaiam Inc. Class A ( GAIA), up 4.1%, ALCO Stores ( ALCS), up 2.8% and Fresh Market ( TFM), up 2.7%.

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 $18.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 28.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 negative front, New York & Company ( NWY), down 14.3%, Wet Seal ( WTSL), down 13.8%, J.C. Penney ( JCP), down 8.4% and Rite Aid Corporation ( RAD), down 6.3% , were all laggards within the retail industry with Kroger ( KR) 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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