Dollar General Corp. (NYSE:DG) shares have gained more than 2% so far today after the discount retailer reported its first quarter results. For the quarter, Dollar General beat earnings estimates with earnings of $1.03 per share, versus the consensus of $0.95 per share. Revenue came in $10 million below expectations at $5.27 billion. Nevertheless, the report is rather strong, with total sales up 7.1% year-over-year, same store sales up 2.2% year-over-year, and operating margin rising 42 basis points. The company also returned $300 million of capital back to shareholders thorugh a combination of 2.7 million shares repurchased and the quarterly dividend payouts.
Dollar General Corp. (NYSE:DG) has seen an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers of late and heading into the second quarter of 2016, a total of 53 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, up by 13% from one quarter earlier.
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Now, let’s take a glance at the new action regarding Dollar General Corp. (NYSE:DG).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Orbis Investment Management, managed by William B. Gray, holds the number one position in Dollar General Corp. (NYSE:DG). Orbis Investment Management has a $195.1 million position in the stock, comprising 1.3% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Alkeon Capital Management, led by Panayotis Takis Sparaggis, holding a $146.9 million position; the fund has 3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers with similar optimism comprise Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management.
Since the number of funds long Dollar General went up during the first quarter, let’s take a look at some funds that initiated stakes during the first three months of 2016. Moreover, at the end of this article we will also compare DG to other stocks, including Deere & Company (NYSE:DE), Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE:TSN), and Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) to get a better sense of its popularity.