Published: Thu, March 02, 2017
Markets | By Lucia Cruz

Trader Alert: Unusual Volume Spotted in Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ:DLTR)

There are at least three companies stocks that are drawing investors' attention in pre-market trading on Wednesday. Dollar Tree same-store sales grew 2.3%, while Family Dollar (FDO) same-store sales edged up 0.2%. The reported earnings per share topped the analyst's consensus by $-0.06 with the percentage difference between estimated and actual earnings arriving at -7.70%. 1 analysts recommended Overweight these shares while 2 recommended Underweight, according to FactSet data. Credit Suisse Group set a $75.00 target price on shares of Dollar Tree and gave the company a sell rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 22nd. The company said same-store sales growth was driven by higher comparable customer count and average ticket. Barring the impact of Canadian currency adjustments, comps rose 1.3%. Bristlecone Advisors LLC increased its stake in shares of Dollar Tree by 17.5% in the third quarter. Gross margin expanded 130 basis points (bps) to 32.1%, owing to reduced merchandise and freight expenses.

Net sales increased to $5.64 billion from $5.37 billion.

Dollar Tree ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $866.4 million, net merchandise inventories of $2,865.8 million, net long-term debt of $6,169.7 million and shareholders' equity of $5,389.5 million. Finally, GLG LLC increased its position in Dollar Tree by 6.8% in the fourth quarter. Dollar Tree bought rival Family Dollar in 2015 and keeps the store's banner for some locations. Revenue was reported as $20.72 billion. Further, the company is progressing quite well with Family Dollar's integration.

Dollar Tree, an operator of discount variety stores. The company intends to attract shoppers and enhance customer experience with its diverse reach and desired products.

"We believe we are extremely well positioned in the most attractive sector of retail to deliver increased value for our long-term shareholders".

Fiscal 2017 will include a 53rd week.

The mean revenue estimate for the current fiscal period ending January 2017 is $5.62B by 21 brokerage firms. The guidance stems from comps growth in the range of flat to low single-digit increase and 3.9% increase in square footage. For the full year, the retailer projects EPS of $4.20 - $4.56 on revenue of $21.94 - $22.33 billion. The impact on sales and earnings from the additional week is included in management's outlook. Analysts surveyed by Zacks had expected revenue of $5.33 billion. If we take a look at back 3 month ago, consensus EPS estimate was $1.32.

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After a recent spot-check, Dollar Tree, Inc.

Better-ranked stocks in the same industry include Big Lots, Inc. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to fall in coming quarters. The stock, with a long-term growth rate of 13.5%, has seen positive estimate revisions in the last seven days.

Net income in the quarter soared 22.4% to $46.5 million or 35 cents per diluted share from $38 million or 28 cents per share in the same quarter previous year.

You may be curious about the buzz surrounding Snap Inc.'s IPO on March 2. The stock has relative volume of 1.66.

Several insiders were part of recent insider activity for the stock.

Imagine being in the first wave of investors to jump on a company with nearly unlimited growth potential?

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