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Dollar General Corporation (DG) is a leading discount stores business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$216.92 after a previous close of US$216.84. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD213.42 to a high of USD217.28. The latest price was USD215.16 (25 minute delay). Dollar General Corporation is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.
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- Search for Dollar General Corporation. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: DG. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
- 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 risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
- Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of US$197.78, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise 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.
- Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Dollar General Corporation. Optimise 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.
What's in this guide?
- Dollar General Corporation key stats
- Compare share trading platforms
- Is Dollar General Corporation stock a buy or sell?
- Dollar General Corporation performance over time
- Can I short Dollar General Corporation shares?
- Is Dollar General Corporation suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Dollar General Corporation shares over-valued?
- Dollar General Corporation's financials
- How volatile are Dollar General Corporation shares?
- Does Dollar General Corporation pay a dividend?
- Other common questions
Dollar General Corporation share priceUse our graph to track the performance of DG stocks over time.
Dollar General Corporation shares at a glance
|52-week range||US$171.3971 - US$224.41|
|50-day moving average||US$199.156|
|200-day moving average||US$206.682|
|Dividend yield||US$1.44 (0.66%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||US$10.62|
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Dollar General Corporation price performance over time
|1 week (2021-04-16)||-0.73%|
|1 month (2021-03-19)||14.58%|
|3 months (2021-01-22)||4.34%|
|6 months (2020-10-22)||0.39%|
|1 year (2020-04-22)||20.10%|
|2 years (2019-04-22)||596.54%|
|3 years (2018-04-20)||793.34%|
|5 years (2016-04-22)||956.78%|
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 20x. In other words, Dollar General Corporation shares trade at around 20x 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 2.4725. 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 US$4.1 billion (£3 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||US$33.7 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||10.54%|
|Gross profit TTM||US$10.7 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||9.13%|
|Return on equity TTM||39.74%|
|Market capitalisation||US$51.3 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Shorting Dollar General Corporation shares
There are currently 3.0 million Dollar General Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Dollar General Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 4.8% up from 2.9 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 3.4 million). Dollar General Corporation's SIR currently stands at 0.89. In other words for every 100,000 Dollar General Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 890 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 0.0127% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Dollar General Corporation shares, roughly 13 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: 15.04
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Dollar General Corporation's overall score of 15.04 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 10th 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: 0.79/100
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
|Total ESG score||15.04|
|Total ESG percentile||9.95|
|Level of controversy||2|
Dollar General Corporation share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 14.14% of net profits
Recently Dollar General Corporation has paid out, on average, around 14.14% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.77% 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 0.77% 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 19 April 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 4 April 2021 (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 US$171.3971 up to US$224.41. 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 0.513. 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 26, 2021, Dollar General Corporation operated 17,266 stores in 46 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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