Dollar General Corp. (DG) stock slips, “Buy” rating reiterated by Buckingham Research Analysts

Dollar General Corp. (NYSE: DG) shares fell on Tuesday Nov 29 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

U.S. stocks on Tuesday morning traded near break-even levels, with the main benchmarks switching in and out of negative territory

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.09% was flat at 19,102. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.00% traded 18 points, or 0.1%, at 5,362.

The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.04% was off by 0.1%, or 2 points, at 2,199, with five of the 11 main sectors trading lower.

Buckingham Research analysts reiterated its Buy rating on Dollar General Corp. (NYSE: DG) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Buy on the shares, Dollar General Corp. has a 52-week high of $96.88. The one-year price target of $82.96 is above the opening price of $78.60, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the stock recently. Share prices often shift to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

Shares of Dollar General Corp. (NYSE: DG) opened at $78.60 on Tuesday trading between $77.42 and $78.70, and last traded at $77.87, which represents a decrease of $0.79 per share or -1.00% over the previous closing price.

Dollar General Corp. (NYSE: DG) currently has a market cap of 21.94B.

Dollar General Corp. (NYSE: DG) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 3,814,540 shares out of a total float 257,765,000 and some 429,693 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than the average. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as swing traders often use swings in trading volume to pinpoint substantial volume aggregation or dissemination by institutional investors.

However, just a day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to affirm a trend. So market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as an indicator that financial institutions are moving forward.

Institutional sponsorship commonly refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Institutional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re considering.

Dollar General Corp. (NYSE: DG) Moving Averages

A moving average can also act as support or resistance. In an uptrend a 50-day, 100-day or 200-day moving average may act as a support level, as shown in the figure below.

This is because the average acts like a floor (support), so the price bounces up off of it.

In a downtrend a moving average may act as resistance; like a ceiling, the price hits it and then starts to drop again.

By identifying trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Dollar General Corp. (NYSE: DG) have ranged from $65.11 – 96.88, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $71.74 and 200-day MA of $81.86. Today’s last price is 19.62%% below the 52 week high of $96.88.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors look for companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% for a 3 year period.

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