Shares of Dollar General Corp. (NYSE:DG) have been assigned an average rating of “Hold” from the twenty-eight analysts that are covering the company, MarketBeat reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, eleven have issued a hold recommendation and fourteen have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year price target among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $86.02.

A number of research firms have recently weighed in on DG. Wolfe Research raised Dollar General from an “underperform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 20th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Dollar General from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, December 11th. Raymond James Financial set a $107.00 target price on Dollar General and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday, December 9th. BMO Capital Markets set a $102.00 target price on Dollar General and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, December 8th. Finally, Telsey Advisory Group boosted their price target on Dollar General from $86.00 to $98.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research note on Friday, December 8th.

In other Dollar General news, SVP Michael J. Kindy sold 7,536 shares of Dollar General stock in a transaction dated Thursday, December 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $90.64, for a total value of $683,063.04. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 7,578 shares in the company, valued at $686,869.92. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, SVP Anita C. Elliott sold 2,012 shares of Dollar General stock in a transaction dated Monday, December 18th. The shares were sold at an average price of $92.82, for a total value of $186,753.84. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 14,969 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,389,422.58. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders sold 20,916 shares of company stock worth $1,924,881. Company insiders own 0.32% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Aurora Investment Counsel bought a new position in Dollar General in the fourth quarter valued at about $3,316,000. Pensionfund Sabic bought a new position in Dollar General in the fourth quarter valued at about $1,767,000. Pensionfund DSM Netherlands bought a new position in Dollar General in the fourth quarter valued at about $3,534,000. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC grew its position in Dollar General by 4.0% in the third quarter. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC now owns 2,018,527 shares of the company’s stock valued at $163,602,000 after acquiring an additional 77,715 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC grew its position in Dollar General by 168.0% in the third quarter. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC now owns 16,218,589 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,314,516,000 after acquiring an additional 10,167,321 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 90.23% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Dollar General (NYSE DG) opened at $95.72 on Monday. Dollar General has a twelve month low of $65.97 and a twelve month high of $96.60. The company has a current ratio of 1.41, a quick ratio of 0.19 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.47. The firm has a market capitalization of $25,994.06, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.18, a PEG ratio of 1.89 and a beta of 0.95.

Dollar General (NYSE:DG) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, December 7th. The company reported $0.93 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.94 by ($0.01). Dollar General had a return on equity of 22.58% and a net margin of 5.31%. The firm had revenue of $5.90 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.80 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $0.89 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 11.0% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts forecast that Dollar General will post 4.48 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, January 23rd. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, January 9th will be given a $0.26 dividend. This represents a $1.04 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.09%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, January 8th. Dollar General’s dividend payout ratio is presently 23.01%.

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Dollar General Company Profile

Dollar General Corporation is a discount retailer. The Company offers a selection of merchandise, including consumables, seasonal, home products and apparel. The Company’s consumables category includes paper and cleaning products (such as paper towels, bath tissue, and other home cleaning supplies); packaged food (such as cereals, spices, sugar and flour); perishables (such as milk, beer and wine); snacks (such as candy, cookies, and carbonated beverages); health and beauty (such as over-the-counter medicines and personal care products); pet (pet supplies and pet food), and tobacco products.

Analyst Recommendations for Dollar General (NYSE:DG)

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