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Dollar General Corporation is a discount stores business based in the US. Dollar General Corporation shares (DG) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Dollar General Corporation employs 143,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$31.3 billion.

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  3. Search for Dollar General Corporation Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: DG. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Dollar General Corporation reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of USD$187.14, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Dollar General Corporation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Dollar General Corporation. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

How has coronavirus impacted Dollar General Corporation's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Dollar General Corporation's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was USD$187.14, which is 10.83% up on its pre-crash value of USD$166.88 and 49.71% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$125.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of Dollar General Corporation shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$903.56 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth USD$1,208.92.

Dollar General Corporation share price

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Dollar General Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-09-14.
Latest market closeUSD$187.14
52-week rangeUSD$125 - USD$206.98
50-day moving average USD$196.6059
200-day moving average USD$180.4869
Wall St. target priceUSD$222.36
PE ratio 21.4261
Dividend yield USD$1.44 (0.72%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$9.187

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Dollar General Corporation price performance over time

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3 months (2020-06-18) -2.18%
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Is Dollar General Corporation under- or over-valued?

Valuing Dollar General Corporation stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Dollar General Corporation's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Dollar General Corporation's P/E ratio

Dollar General Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 21x. In other words, Dollar General Corporation shares trade at around 21x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Dollar General Corporation's PEG ratio

Dollar General Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.5372. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Dollar General Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Dollar General Corporation's EBITDA

Dollar General Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$3.7 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Dollar General Corporation's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Dollar General Corporation financials

Revenue TTM USD$31.3 billion
Operating margin TTM 9.99%
Gross profit TTM USD$8.5 billion
Return on assets TTM 8.18%
Return on equity TTM 33.17%
Profit margin 7.48%
Book value $29.539
Market capitalisation USD$52.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Dollar General Corporation shares

There are currently 1.8 million Dollar General Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Dollar General Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 41% down from 3.0 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Dollar General Corporation shares can be evaluated.

Dollar General Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Dollar General Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Dollar General Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Dollar General Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 1.9 million). Dollar General Corporation's SIR currently stands at 0.92. In other words for every 100,000 Dollar General Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 920 shares are currently held short.

However Dollar General Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Dollar General Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Dollar General Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Dollar General Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Dollar General Corporation shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0088% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Dollar General Corporation shares, roughly 9 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Dollar General Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short Dollar General Corporation stock.

Dollar General Corporation's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Dollar General Corporation.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Dollar General Corporation's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 16.51

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Dollar General Corporation's overall score of 16.51 (as at 08/01/2020) is excellent – landing it in it in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Dollar General Corporation is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Dollar General Corporation's environmental score

Environmental score: 0.75/100

Dollar General Corporation's social score

Social score: 3.99/100

Dollar General Corporation's governance score

Governance score: 1.77/100

Dollar General Corporation's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Dollar General Corporation scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Dollar General Corporation has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Dollar General Corporation was last rated for ESG on: 2020-08-01.

Total ESG score 16.51
Total ESG percentile 9.34
Environmental score 0.75
Social score 3.99
Governance score 1.77
Level of controversy 2

Dollar General Corporation share dividends

15%

Dividend payout ratio: 14.78% of net profits

Recently Dollar General Corporation has paid out, on average, around 14.78% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.72% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Dollar General Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 0.72% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Dollar General Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $1.44 per share.

While Dollar General Corporation's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Dollar General Corporation is investing more in its future growth.

Dollar General Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 20 October 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 5 October 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Dollar General Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Dollar General Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $125 up to $206.98. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Dollar General Corporation's is 0.481. This would suggest that Dollar General Corporation's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Dollar General Corporation overview

Dollar General Corporation, a discount retailer, provides various merchandise products in the southern, southwestern, Midwestern, and eastern United States. The company offers consumable products, including paper and cleaning products, such as paper towels, bath tissues, paper dinnerware, trash and storage bags, and laundry products; packaged food comprising cereals, canned soups and vegetables, condiments, spices, sugar, and flour; and perishables that include milk, eggs, bread, refrigerated and frozen food, beer, and wine. Its consumable products also comprise snacks, such as candies, cookies, crackers, salty snacks, and carbonated beverages; health and beauty products, including over-the-counter medicines and personal care products, such as soaps, body washes, shampoos, cosmetics, and dental hygiene and foot care products; pet supplies and pet food; and tobacco products. In addition, the company offers seasonal products comprising holiday items, toys, batteries, small electronics, greeting cards, stationery, prepaid phones and accessories, gardening supplies, hardware, and automotive and home office supplies; and home products that include kitchen supplies, cookware, small appliances, light bulbs, storage containers, frames, candles, craft supplies and kitchen, and bed and bath soft goods. Further, it provides apparel, which comprise casual everyday apparel for infants, toddlers, girls, boys, women, and men, as well as socks, underwear, disposable diapers, shoes, and accessories. As of February 28, 2020, Dollar General Corporation operated 16,368 stores in 45 states in the United States. The company was formerly known as J.L. Turner & Son, Inc. and changed its name to Dollar General Corporation in 1968. Dollar General Corporation was founded in 1939 and is based in Goodlettsville, Tennessee.

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