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Dollar General Corporation (DG)

  • Sat, May 30, 11:09 AM
    • Dollar General (NYSE:DG) announces it opened its 12,000th store with a new location in Georgia.
    • The company expects to open 730 stores this year and update or relocate 875 more.
    • The strategic moves from the Tennessee HQ take into account the impact in some markets of the Dollar Tree-Family Dollar merger.
    • Though Dollar General made a strong bid for Family Dollar, many Wall Street firms actually turned more bullish on the stock after it lost the chase.
    • Goldman Sach has a Conviction Buy list rating on DG, while Deutsche Bank and Sterne Agee, and Jefferies are all locked in with Buy ratings.
    • Dollar General +2.70% YTD.
    | Sat, May 30, 11:09 AM | Comment!
  • Thu, May 28, 9:43 AM
    • Dollar General (DG +0.1%) names Todd Vasos to be the company's new CEO to replace Rick Dreiling.
    • Dreiling will stay on at Dollar General for the remainder of his board term, while an extra slot on the board will be added for Vasos.
    • Vasos has been the COO at the discounter since 2013.
    | Thu, May 28, 9:43 AM | Comment!
  • Thu, May 28, 9:18 AM
    • Dollar General (NYSE:DG) declares $0.22/share quarterly dividend, in line with previous.
    • Forward yield 1.21%.
    • Payable July 1; for shareholders of record June 17; ex-div June 15.
    | Thu, May 28, 9:18 AM | Comment!
  • Tue, May 26, 8:31 AM
    • Goldman Sachs adds Dollar General (NYSE:DG) to its Conviction Buy list.
    • The investment firm thinks the company is well-positioned within the discounting sector and will soon feel a major tailwind from increased low-income consumer spending.
    • A price target of $87 is set by GS on Dollar General.
    • DG +1.09% premarket to $74.36.
    | Tue, May 26, 8:31 AM | 1 Comment
  • Thu, May 21, 9:17 AM
    • New additions to Goldman's hedge fund hotels - 50 stocks which most frequently appear among the largest ten holdings of hedge funds: AerCap (NYSE:AER), Assured Guaranty (NYSE:AGO), Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI), Citizens Financial (NYSE:CFG), Colony Capital (NYSE:CLNY), Dresser-Rand (NYSE:DRC), Family Dollar (NYSE:FDO), Hospira (NYSE:HSP), Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), NXP Semi (NASDAQ:NXPI), Pharmacyclics (NASDAQ:PCYC), Visa (NYSE:V), and Walgreens (NASDAQ:WBA).
    • Since 2001, the basket has outperformed the S&P 500 in 66% of quarters by an average of 73 basis points. YTD, however, it has underperformed by nine bps. Goldman notes the current basket overweights Consumer Discretionary (22%) and underweights Consumer Staples (2%).
    • Looking at the full list, Actavis (NYSE:ACT) leads the way, with 77 funds naming the stock as a top 10 holding. Next up is Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) with 69, then Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) at 42. For the entire list of 50, the average is 26 funds making a stock a top 10 holding.
    • The rest in order: Valeant (NYSE:VRX), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), DirecTV (NASDAQ:DTV), Citigroup (NYSE:C), Time Warner (NYSE:TWC), Delta (NYSE:DAL), Cheneire (NYSEMKT:LNG), Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO), Liberty Global (NASDAQ:LBTYK), AIG, SunEdison (NYSE:SUNE), Air Products (NYSE:APD), Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), GM, BofA (NYSE:BAC), JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM), Macquarie Infrastructure (NYSE:MIC), American Airlines (NASDAQ:AAL), Charter Communications (NASDAQ:CHTR), Google (GOOG, GOOGL), Ally Financial (NYSE:ALLY), NorthStar Realty (NYSE:NRF), Priceline (NASDAQ:PCLN), eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY), MasterCard (NYSE:MA), Alibaba (NYSE:BABA), Micron (NASDAQ:MU), Williams (NYSE:WMB), Gilead (NASDAQ:GILD), Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A, BRK.B), Dolar General (NYSE:DG), NorthStar Asset (NYSE:NSAM), Brookdale Senior (NYSE:BKD), DISH Network (NASDAQ:DISH).
    • See also: Goldman updates list of hedge funds most-shorted stocks (May 21)
    | Thu, May 21, 9:17 AM | 19 Comments
  • Wed, May 13, 12:24 PM
    • Amherst Pierpont has a positive take on today's U.S. Retail Sales report, noting the upward adjustment to March nearly offsets the April shortfall.
    • "This is nothing that could not be easily fixed with another modest upward revision a month from now," reads a note from the trading firm.
    • Capital Economist's Paul Ashworth is bearish on the report. The economist says the weak monthly tally calls into question if cold weather was truly behind the soft consumer spending seen in February and March.
    • The National Retail Federation points to the "anemic" growth seen in the year-over-year retail sales compares.
    • Retail giants Wal-Mart (WMT -0.9%), Target (TGT -0.8%), and Costco (COST -0.4%) are all lower on the day.
    • Dollar General (DG -1.2%) and Dollar Tree (DLTR -1.1%) are also out of favor.
    • Previously: Retail sales continue to slow
    | Wed, May 13, 12:24 PM | 2 Comments
  • Fri, Apr. 10, 11:55 AM
    • Sales per shopper increased 5.8% Y/Y in March at retail chains, according to data from RetailNext.
    • Average transaction value was up 3.5%, while the number of conversions improved by 0.9%
    • Total sales were off 3.2% on a 8.2% drop in traffic amid a problematic month for weather. The tallies don't include e-commerce.
    • Higher-end store chains such as Lululemon (LULU -0.5%), Tiffany (TIF +0.3%), and Williams-Sonoma (WSM +0.5%) can benefit from the trend toward highly-focused shoppers - while traffic-dependent chains such as Family Dollar (FDO +0.1%), Dollar General (DG +0.6%), and Dollar Tree (DLTR +0.4%) rely on the impulse buys churned up by increased traffic.
    | Fri, Apr. 10, 11:55 AM | 4 Comments
  • Tue, Apr. 7, 5:49 PM
    • Dollar Tree (NASDAQ:DLTR) says that the FTC has "substantially completed" its review of the company's $8.5B acquisition of Family Dollar (NYSE:FDO) and has identified about 340 stores to be divested, from a pool of about 500 locations reviewed.
    • All or nearly all of the divestments should be Family Dollar stores, which the combined entity would sell to one or more of "multiple" interested buyers who would operate them as dollar stores. It was the low number of divestitures that prompted FDO shareholders to take a lower offer from Dollar Tree vs. the bid from Dollar General (NYSE:DG).
    • In its 8-K, Dollar Tree says it hopes to close the merger in May.
    • Family Dollar is part of earnings season's kickoff tomorrow, reporting before the bell. Analysts expect EPS of $0.73 on $2.8B in revenues.
    • After hours: DLTR -0.7%.
    • Previously: Dollar Tree says FTC reviewing more stores (Feb. 03 2015)
    • Previously: Deal done: Dollar Tree lands Family Dollar (Jan. 22 2015)
    | Tue, Apr. 7, 5:49 PM | Comment!
  • Wed, Apr. 1, 8:38 AM
    • Discounters could face some increased pricing competition from Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) after the retail giant ratcheted up pressure on suppliers to reduce prices.
    • The news from Bentonville might also create some headaches for large consumer products sellers such as Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG) and Kimberly-Clark (NYSE:KMB) which have struggled with pushing back against Wal-Mart's formidable leverage.
    • On margin watch: Dollar Tree (NASDAQ:DLTR), Family Dollar (NYSE:FDO), Dollar General (NYSE:DG), Fred's (NASDAQ:FRED), Big Lots (NYSE:BIG), Five Below (NASDAQ:FIVE).
    • Previously: Wal-Mart steps up pressure on suppliers to slash prices
    | Wed, Apr. 1, 8:38 AM | 2 Comments
  • Thu, Mar. 12, 9:47 AM
    • Shares of Dollar Tree (DLTR +1.6%), Target (TGT +1.1%), Wal-Mart (WMT +1.1%), Fred's (FRED +1.1%), and Five Below (FIVE +1.6%) are picking up steam after Dollar General's (DG +2.7%) quarterly reports shows some broad strength across categories.
    • Despite the headline miss on U.S. retail sales earlier, the S&P Retail (NYSEARCA:XRT) is up 1.12% to outpace the S&P 500.
    • Analysts think lower-income consumer spending is gaining momentum based on the most recent reads from discounters such as Dollar General.
    • Previously: New buybacks and store growth on tap for Dollar General
    | Thu, Mar. 12, 9:47 AM | Comment!
  • Thu, Mar. 12, 7:28 AM
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  • Thu, Mar. 12, 7:25 AM
    • Dollar General (NYSE:DG) reports same-store sales rose 4.9% in Q4.
    • Categories cited as strong during the quarter included candy/snacks, tobacco, perishables, and health care.
    • Gross profit rate -20 bps to 31.7%.
    • Operating profit -50 bps to 11.47%.
    • The West Coast port slowdown was a $0.02 drag on earnings.
    • Guidance: Total sales growth of +8% to +9% forecast. The company expects EPS growth of 10% to 13% in 2015. Store openings will be accelerated to a level where square footage growth of 7% expected.
    • Buybacks: The board approved another $1B in share repurchases to bring the total buyback allowance to over $1.2B.
    • DG -1.8% premarket.
    | Thu, Mar. 12, 7:25 AM | Comment!
  • Thu, Mar. 12, 7:01 AM
    • Dollar General (NYSE:DG): Q4 EPS of $1.17 in-line.
    • Revenue of $4.94B (+10.0% Y/Y) misses by $10M.
    • Press Release
    | Thu, Mar. 12, 7:01 AM | Comment!
  • Wed, Mar. 11, 5:30 PM
  • Fri, Feb. 27, 11:31 AM
    • Factset has compiled a list of the most popular holdings of hedge funds at the end of Q4 and which stocks fell in or out of favor within the group.
    • Overall, hedge funds increased their positions in the top 50 holdings during the quarter by 1%.
    • Top 50 hedge fund consumer staples/discretionary stocks showing an increase: Family Dollar (NYSE:FDO) +1.3%, PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP) +20.3%, Priceline Group (NASDAQ:PCLN) +24.2%, Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) +15.3%.
    • Top 50 hedge fund consumer staples/discretionary stocks showing a decrease: Mastercard (NYSE:MA) -4.2%, Walgreen Boots Alliance (NASDAQ:WBA) -1.3%, Dollar General (NYSE:DG) -11.6%, Mondelez International (NASDAQ:MDLZ) -0.9%.
    • Another way to look at the list is to examine which stocks are missing. Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO), Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), and Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG) are in that club.
    • Factset's hedge fund ownership report (.pdf)
    | Fri, Feb. 27, 11:31 AM | 16 Comments
  • Mon, Feb. 23, 9:06 AM
    • Dollar General (NYSE:DG) is assigned an Overweight rating by JPMorgan in resumed coverage.
    • The investment firm thinks traffic trends will improve for the discounter off of new initiatives from management.
    • DG is flat in premarket action after striking an all-time high on Friday.
    | Mon, Feb. 23, 9:06 AM | Comment!
Company Description
Dollar General Corp is a discount retailer in the United States, which offers a selection of merchandise, including consumables, seasonal, home products and apparel.