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 0.9%. By the end of trading, Dollar General Corporation rose $1.51 (2.5%) to $61.59 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 7,015,663 shares of Dollar General Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,918,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $60.13-$61.64 after having opened the day at $60.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.08. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Pacific Sunwear ( PSUN), up 7.4%, J.C. Penney ( JCP), up 5.5%, Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), up 5.3% and Vitacost.com ( VITC), up 5.1%.

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 $19.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 35.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, LightInTheBox ( LITB), down 5.5%, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), down 3.7%, Acorn International ( ATV), down 3.2% and Gordman's Stores ( GMAN), down 3.2% , were all laggards within the retail industry with Restoration Hardware Holdings ( RH) 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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