Dollar General Corporation (DG) Given Coverage Optimism Score of 0.18

Press coverage about Dollar General Corporation (NYSE:DG) has trended somewhat positive on Sunday, according to Accern. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Dollar General Corporation earned a daily sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the company an impact score of 71 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is likely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

Dollar General Corporation (DG) opened at 74.75 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $20.50 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.90 and a beta of 0.92. Dollar General Corporation has a 12-month low of $65.97 and a 12-month high of $94.75. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $71.90 and a 200 day moving average of $72.43.

Dollar General Corporation (NYSE:DG) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, June 1st. The company reported $1.03 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.00 by $0.03. Dollar General Corporation had a return on equity of 23.07% and a net margin of 5.53%. The company had revenue of $5.61 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $5.59 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $1.03 earnings per share. Dollar General Corporation’s revenue was up 6.5% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts anticipate that Dollar General Corporation will post $4.50 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, July 25th. Investors of record on Tuesday, July 11th were given a $0.26 dividend. This represents a $1.04 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.39%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, July 7th. Dollar General Corporation’s payout ratio is currently 23.48%.

A number of research firms have weighed in on DG. Deutsche Bank AG reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $79.00 price target (up previously from $78.00) on shares of Dollar General Corporation in a research note on Saturday, June 3rd. Morgan Stanley reaffirmed an “overweight” rating and set a $85.00 price target on shares of Dollar General Corporation in a research note on Tuesday, June 6th. Barclays PLC reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $76.00 price target on shares of Dollar General Corporation in a research note on Friday, June 2nd. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Dollar General Corporation from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $88.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Friday, June 2nd. Finally, Johnson Rice raised shares of Dollar General Corporation from an “accumulate” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, June 2nd. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have issued a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $80.89.

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About Dollar General Corporation

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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