Two weeks ago on December 11th, 2012 Dollar General (NYSE:DG) reported earnings and analysts, on average, expected earnings of $0.60 on sales of $4.0 billion. Dollar General actually reported earnings of $0.63 per share on sales of $4.0 billion, beating EPS estimates by $0.03 and beating revenue estimates by $3.6 million. Since the company's report, shares of Dollar General have fallen from $42.94 to $42.70, representing a loss of 0.6% in the past 18 days.
Dollar General share prices have moved between a 52-week high of $56.04 and a 52-week low of $39.83 and closed Thursday at 7% above that low price at $42.70 per share. The 200-day and 50-day moving averages have moved 0.03% lower and 1.11% lower over the past week, respectively.
Potential upside of 25.6% exists for Dollar General, based on a current level of $42.70 and analysts' average consensus price target of $53.64. The stock should run into initial resistance at its 50-day moving average (MA) of $46.85 and subsequent resistance at its 200-day MA of $49.03.
Dollar General Corp. operates a chain of discount retail stores located primarily in the southern, southwestern, midwestern and eastern United States. The Company offer a broad selection of merchandise, including consumable products such as food, paper and cleaning products, health and beauty products and pet supplies, and non-consumable products such as seasonal merchandise.