M&T Bank Corp raised its position in Dollar General Corp. (NYSE:DG) by 2.5% during the fourth quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The institutional investor owned 69,248 shares of the company’s stock after purchasing an additional 1,708 shares during the quarter. M&T Bank Corp’s holdings in Dollar General were worth $6,440,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Other large investors have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Cerebellum GP LLC bought a new stake in shares of Dollar General during the fourth quarter worth approximately $130,000. Calton & Associates Inc. bought a new stake in shares of Dollar General during the fourth quarter worth approximately $144,000. Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc. raised its stake in shares of Dollar General by 104.9% during the fourth quarter. Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc. now owns 2,153 shares of the company’s stock worth $200,000 after buying an additional 1,102 shares during the last quarter. Pineno Levin & Ford Asset Management Inc. bought a new stake in shares of Dollar General during the fourth quarter worth approximately $205,000. Finally, Burns J W & Co. Inc. NY bought a new stake in shares of Dollar General during the fourth quarter worth approximately $207,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 90.24% of the company’s stock.

A number of equities research analysts recently weighed in on DG shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Dollar General from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $91.00 price target for the company in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. Wells Fargo & Co initiated coverage on shares of Dollar General in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. They issued an “underperform” rating and a $72.00 target price for the company. KeyCorp reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Dollar General in a research note on Friday, November 10th. Goldman Sachs Group reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and issued a $89.00 target price on shares of Dollar General in a research note on Tuesday, November 14th. Finally, Deutsche Bank raised shares of Dollar General from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and upped their target price for the company from $79.00 to $93.00 in a research note on Wednesday, November 15th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating, eighteen have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. Dollar General presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $91.98.

Dollar General Corp. (NYSE:DG) opened at $95.09 on Tuesday. The firm has a market cap of $26,683.84, a PE ratio of 21.36, a PEG ratio of 1.63 and a beta of 1.00. Dollar General Corp. has a 1 year low of $65.97 and a 1 year high of $105.82. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.47, a current ratio of 1.41 and a quick ratio of 0.19.

Dollar General (NYSE:DG) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, December 7th. The company reported $0.93 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.94 by ($0.01). Dollar General had a net margin of 5.31% and a return on equity of 22.58%. The company had revenue of $5.90 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.80 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.89 earnings per share. Dollar General’s revenue for the quarter was up 11.0% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts predict that Dollar General Corp. will post 4.5 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, January 23rd. Investors of record on Tuesday, January 9th were given a dividend of $0.26 per share. This represents a $1.04 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.09%. The ex-dividend date was Monday, January 8th. Dollar General’s dividend payout ratio is 23.01%.

In other Dollar General news, EVP Robert D. Ravener sold 11,368 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, December 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $92.81, for a total transaction of $1,055,064.08. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 22,598 shares in the company, valued at $2,097,320.38. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, SVP Anita C. Elliott sold 2,012 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, December 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $92.82, for a total transaction of $186,753.84. Following the sale, the senior vice president now owns 14,969 shares in the company, valued at $1,389,422.58. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders have sold 20,916 shares of company stock worth $1,924,881. 0.32% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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About Dollar General

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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