Research Report on Discount, Variety Stores Equities -- Wal-Mart, Target, Costco Wholesale, and Dollar General

Aug 09, 2016, 09:17 ET from Chelmsford Park SA

NEW YORK, August 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

Competitive pricing is what makes Discount and Variety Stores appealing to many shoppers, but sometimes consumer spending trends can hamper sales and demand. looks at how these four household names have fared in recent weeks: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT), Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT), Costco Wholesale Corp. (NASDAQ: COST), and Dollar General Corp. (NYSE: DG). Learn more about these stocks by accessing their free research reports at:

Wal-Mart Stores  

On Monday, shares in Bentonville, Arkansas headquartered Wal-Mart Stores Inc. recorded a trading volume of 6.57 million shares. The stock ended the session 0.57% lower at $73.34. The Company's shares have gained 7.15% in the previous three months and 21.41% since the start of this year. The stock is trading 1.31% above its 50-day moving average and 11.67% above its 200-day moving average. Moreover, shares of Wal-Mart Stores, which operates retail stores in various formats worldwide, have a Relative Strength Index (RSI) of 52.26.

On July 12th, 2016, research firm Northcoast downgraded the Company's stock rating from 'Buy' to 'Neutral'.

On August 08th, 2016, Wal-Mart Stores and, Inc. announced they have entered into a definitive agreement for Wal-Mart to acquire Jet for approximately $3 billion in cash, a portion of which will be paid over time. Additionally, $300 million of Wal-Mart's shares will be paid over time as part of the transaction. The acquisition, which is subject to regulatory approval, has been approved by the Boards of Directors for both companies and is expected to close this calendar year. Free research report on WMT is available at:


Minneapolis, Minnesota headquartered Target Corp.'s stock closed the day 0.08% higher at $75.00 and with a total volume of 3.02 million shares traded. The Company's shares have advanced 5.17% in the past month and 4.94% on an YTD basis. The stock is trading 5.59% and 1.54% above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, respectively. Additionally, shares of Target, which operates as a general merchandise retailer, have an RSI of 62.01.

On July 14th, 2016, Target announced the appointment of Don Liu as executive vice president, chief legal officer and general counsel, effective August 22nd, 2016. Liu will oversee all legal, corporate governance and government affairs matters for the company. He will report to chairman and chief executive officer Brian Cornell and serve as a member of Target's leadership team. Liu replaces Tim Baer who will be retiring in July 2017 after 23 years with the company.

On July 29th, 2016, research firm Miller Tabak initiated a 'Buy' rating on the Company's stock, issuing a target price of $87 per share. The complimentary research report on TGT can be downloaded at:

Costco Wholesale  

Issaquah, Washington-based Costco Wholesale Corp.'s stock recorded a trading volume of 1.29 million shares and ended yesterday's trading session 0.18% lower at $167.40. The Company's shares have advanced 1.18% in the past month, 12.66% over the previous three months, and 4.24% since the start of this year. The stock is trading 4.70% and 8.05% above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, respectively. Furthermore, shares of Costco Wholesale, which together with its subsidiaries, operates membership warehouses, have an RSI of 62.87.

On July 25th, 2016, Costco Wholesale announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend on Costco's common stock of $0.45 per share. The quarterly dividend is payable on August 26th, 2016, to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 12th, 2016. Visit us today and access our complete research report on COST at:

Dollar General  

Goodlettsville, Tennessee-based Dollar General Corp.'s stock finished Monday's session 1.46% lower at $92.99 with a total volume of 1.31 million shares traded. The Company's shares have advanced 9.60% over the previous three months and 30.13% since the start of this year. The stock is trading above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages by 0.47% and 17.65%, respectively. Additionally, shares of Dollar General, which provides various merchandise products in the southern, southwestern, midwestern, and eastern US, have an RSI of 46.46.

On July 27th, 2016, Dollar General announced that it has completed the purchase of 41 former Wal-Mart Express locations across 11 states. Dollar General anticipates relocating 40 existing Dollar General stores into the purchased sites by October 2016 and entering one new market as part of the purchase. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Dollar General also intends to operate the fueling stations in 37 of these locations.

On August 01st, 2016, research firm Deutsche Bank downgraded the Company's stock rating from 'Buy' to 'Hold'. The research firm also revised upwards its previous target price from $95 to $99. Get free access to your research report on DG at:


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