Dollar General Corp. (DG): Insiders Are Buying, Should You?

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Dollar General Corp. (NYSE:DG) insiders are bullish, but what do hedge funds think?

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Furthermore, we’re going to study the newest info for Dollar General Corp. (NYSE:DG).

What have hedge funds been doing with Dollar General Corp. (NYSE:DG)?

At Q2’s end, a total of 54 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -11% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably.

Dollar General Corp. (NYSE:DG)According to our 13F database, Lone Pine Capital, managed by Stephen Mandel, holds the biggest position in Dollar General Corp. (NYSE:DG). Lone Pine Capital has a $688.6 million position in the stock, comprising 3.4% of its 13F portfolio. On Lone Pine Capital’s heels is OZ Management, managed by Daniel S. Och, which held a $332.5 million position; 1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedge funds with similar optimism include Chase Coleman and Feroz Dewan’s Tiger Global Management LLC, Eric Mindich’s Eton Park Capital and Lee Ainslie’s Maverick Capital.

As Dollar General Corp. (NYSE:DG) has witnessed bearish sentiment from the top-tier hedge fund industry, it’s safe to say that there is a sect of money managers that slashed their entire stakes in Q1. Intriguingly, Dinakar Singh’s TPG-AXON Management LP said goodbye to the biggest position of all the hedgies we monitor, totaling close to $142.3 million in stock. Brian Jackelow’s fund, SAB Capital Management, also sold off its stock, about $74.2 million worth. These transactions are interesting, as aggregate hedge fund interest dropped by 7 funds in Q1.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Dollar General Corp. (NYSE:DG)?

Legal insider trading, particularly when it’s bullish, is most useful when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest 180-day time frame, Dollar General Corp. (NYSE:DG) has seen 2 unique insiders purchasing, and 9 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also take a look at the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Dollar General Corp. (NYSE:DG). These stocks are PriceSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ:PSMT), Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST), Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT), Family Dollar Stores, Inc. (NYSE:FDO), and Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ:DLTR). This group of stocks belong to the discount, variety stores industry and their market caps are similar to DG’s market cap.

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