Shares of Dollar General Corp. (NYSE:DG) reached a new 52-week high during trading on Monday . The company traded as high as $137.46 and last traded at $135.97, with a volume of 18050 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $135.69.

A number of analysts recently commented on DG shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered Dollar General from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, February 26th. Raymond James set a $127.00 price objective on Dollar General and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, February 26th. Deutsche Bank lowered Dollar General from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 28th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Oppenheimer increased their price objective on Dollar General from $120.00 to $130.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday, March 4th. Finally, Citigroup increased their price objective on Dollar General from $120.00 to $144.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, March 6th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating, seventeen have assigned a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $133.00.

The company has a quick ratio of 0.12, a current ratio of 1.16 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.52. The company has a market capitalization of $35.05 billion, a PE ratio of 22.80, a PEG ratio of 1.92 and a beta of 0.68.

Dollar General (NYSE:DG) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, May 30th. The company reported $1.48 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.39 by $0.09. Dollar General had a return on equity of 25.03% and a net margin of 6.16%. The firm had revenue of $6.62 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $6.57 billion. During the same period last year, the company earned $1.36 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 8.3% on a year-over-year basis. As a group, research analysts anticipate that Dollar General Corp. will post 6.46 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, July 23rd. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, July 9th will be issued a $0.32 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Monday, July 8th. This represents a $1.28 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.94%. Dollar General’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 21.44%.

In other news, EVP Rhonda Taylor sold 16,636 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, March 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $119.64, for a total value of $1,990,331.04. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 33,513 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,009,495.32. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, EVP Robert D. Ravener sold 8,973 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, April 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $123.82, for a total value of $1,111,036.86. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 17,794 shares in the company, valued at $2,203,253.08. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders sold 143,255 shares of company stock worth $17,037,351. Company insiders own 0.55% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Vanguard Group Inc lifted its stake in Dollar General by 2.0% during the 3rd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc now owns 19,201,573 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,098,732,000 after acquiring an additional 370,008 shares during the period. Advisors Asset Management Inc. lifted its stake in Dollar General by 10.5% during the 4th quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. now owns 4,508 shares of the company’s stock valued at $487,000 after acquiring an additional 430 shares during the period. Dupont Capital Management Corp lifted its stake in Dollar General by 34.7% during the 4th quarter. Dupont Capital Management Corp now owns 3,062 shares of the company’s stock valued at $331,000 after acquiring an additional 789 shares during the period. Buckingham Capital Management Inc. lifted its stake in Dollar General by 7.4% during the 4th quarter. Buckingham Capital Management Inc. now owns 42,081 shares of the company’s stock valued at $4,548,000 after acquiring an additional 2,886 shares during the period. Finally, Comerica Securities Inc. acquired a new stake in Dollar General during the 4th quarter valued at approximately $511,000. Institutional investors own 95.14% of the company’s stock.

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Dollar General Company Profile (NYSE:DG)

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 and other home cleaning supplies; 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.

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