Dollar General (DG) Getting Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Study Finds

Media coverage about Dollar General (NYSE:DG) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Dollar General earned a media sentiment score of 0.01 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the company an impact score of 41.4367700322334 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

Dollar General (NYSE DG) opened at $96.86 on Wednesday. The stock has a market cap of $26,300.00, a P/E ratio of 21.48, a PEG ratio of 1.58 and a beta of 1.00. Dollar General has a 1 year low of $65.97 and a 1 year high of $105.82. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.47, a current ratio of 1.41 and a quick ratio of 0.19.

Dollar General (NYSE:DG) last released its earnings results on Thursday, December 7th. The company reported $0.93 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.94 by ($0.01). Dollar General had a net margin of 5.31% and a return on equity of 22.58%. The company had revenue of $5.90 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.80 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.89 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 11.0% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts forecast that Dollar General will post 4.5 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, January 23rd. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, January 9th were issued a dividend of $0.26 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, January 8th. This represents a $1.04 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.07%. Dollar General’s payout ratio is 23.06%.

A number of research analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Argus reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Dollar General in a research report on Thursday, February 8th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. ValuEngine raised shares of Dollar General from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, February 8th. Wells Fargo & Co upgraded shares of Dollar General from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and raised their target price for the stock from $102.27 to $117.00 in a research note on Tuesday, January 23rd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Dollar General from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $110.00 target price for the company in a research note on Tuesday, February 6th. Finally, UBS Group restated a “buy” rating and set a $99.00 target price (up previously from $85.00) on shares of Dollar General in a research note on Monday, December 4th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have assigned a hold rating, eighteen have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $91.98.

In other Dollar General news, SVP Michael J. Kindy sold 7,536 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, December 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $90.64, for a total transaction 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 filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, EVP Robert D. Ravener sold 11,368 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, December 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $92.81, for a total transaction of $1,055,064.08. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now owns 22,598 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,097,320.38. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 20,916 shares of company stock worth $1,924,881. Corporate insiders own 0.32% of the company’s stock.

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About Dollar General

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.

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