NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- After Dollar General (DG - Get Report) reported lower-than-expected revenue, TheStreet's Jim Cramer said he's keeping an eye on Dollar Tree's (DLTR - Get Report) earnings report next week.
Dollar Tree is scheduled to release its fiscal second-quarter results on Tuesday before the markets open.
Cramer said Dollar Tree is important because it's merging with Family Dollar (FDO) and because Dollar General saw a "rare miss" this week and its stock keeps getting punished.
"I think that Dollar Tree is a better option than Dollar General, and I think that the merger is brilliant," Cramer said. "If Monday turns out to be a negative session, maybe put some on Dollar Tree because I think they're going to do better than Dollar General."
Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters are expecting Dollar Tree to post earnings of 62 cents a share on revenue of $3.04 billion.
On Thursday, rival Dollar General posted earnings that beat Wall Street estimates but missed on revenue expectations. On Friday, its shares rose 57 cents to $74.84.
Investors will be focused on whether Dollar Tree is taking market share from Dollar General. If it hasn't, it may point to an overall weakness in the dollar-store group.
Dollar Tree outbid Dollar General to buy Family Dollar. Federal regulators approved the merger in July. The combined company will be in a better position to compete with Wal-Mart (WMT - Get Report), which reported a weaker-than-expected profit earlier this month and cut its outlook for the full year.