Following a string of solid performances by retailers, discount store chain Dollar General (DG) is scheduled to report earnings on August 30. Investors are expecting Dollar General to repeat the bullish trends of its rivals including TJX Companies (TJX), Ross Stores (ROST) and Kohl’s (KSS), all of which reported stellar Q2 results.
Analysts expect Dollar General to report earnings of $1.49 per share, up almost 36%, riding on a 9% revenue hike to $6.37 billion. A few analysts also have an optimistic view on the comp sales of 3%, which could very well drive the stock to a record high. DG shares have improved by 20% since the last earnings results on May 31, while it has increased about 14% year-to-date.
Adding to the optimism on the stock ahead of the earnings, analysts’ firm Oppenheimer on Monday lifted the price target on the stock from $108 to $120, an upside of 12% from the current price of $107.19.
The firm stated following the target price hike, “We still remain constructive on the dollar store space even after the recent rally. Consistent with our views the past several months, DG remains our top pick.”
If Dollar General manages to beat the expectations in Q2, we can see other analysts firms also following the suit of Oppenheimer.
The stock had shown a resilient spike in August after a month-long sideways trend starting mid-June, thanks to high consumer confidence and low jobless rates. There is a high possibility of these positive trends pushing Dollar General beyond estimates at Thursday’s results.