Are Either Dollar General Corporation (NYSE:DG) or Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR)Ready for a Breakout?

Bargain stock hunters have honed in their attention of late on shares of Dollar General Corporation (NYSE:DG).  The stock is currently valued at $82.54 after moving 1.98% in the most recent session and 1.54% over the past 5 trading days.  Given the current price levels, let’s take a look and see if there is any value here.

Sometimes the stock market can be very confusing, even for the most seasoned investors. Even when expectations are met as predicted, the market may decide to move otherwise. This can cause uncertainty and second guessing. Keeping up with historical data as well as short-term and long-term trends may be very helpful. Over the past week, Dollar General Corporation (NYSE:DG) shares have performed 1.54%. Pushing back over the last quarter, shares are 16.95%. Looking at stock performance for the past six months, shares are 19.69%. Since the start of the calendar year, shares have performed 11.44%.

Let’s take a quick look at some possible support and resistence levels for the stock. According to a recent spotcheck, company Dollar General Corporation (NYSE:DG) have been seen trading 0.19% away from the 50- day high. On the opposite end, shares have been trading 17.41% away from the 50-day low price. Taking a wider perspective, shares have been recently trading 0.19% off the 52-week high and 25.12% away from the 52-week low.

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RETURNS AND RECOMMENDATION

While looking at past performance of a particular stock is important when speculating on its future, we must take other indicators into consideration as well.  What are the returns?   Dollar General Corporation (NYSE:DG)’s Return on Assets (ROA) of 10.30% is an indicator of how profitable Dollar General Corporation is relative to their total assets. ROA gives us an idea of how efficient management is at using assets to generate earnings  We get ROA by dividing their annual earnings by their total assets.  Dollar General Corporation’s Return on Equity (ROE) is 22.30%, measure their profitability and reveals how much profit they generate with the money their shareholders. We calculate ROE by dividing their net income by their shareholder’s equity.  Finally, Dollar General Corporation’s Return on Investment, a measure used to evaluate the efficiency of an investment, calculated by the return of an investment divided by the cost, stands at 15.70%.  Analysts on a consensus basis have a 2.40 recommendation on this stock.

Fine tuning their focus in on Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) stock, investors are taking a closer look at the equity in recent weeks.  Most recently the shares moved -0.19% landing at a price of $63.05.  Despite the fact that the price is less than a cup of coffee, is there any value here?  

Sometimes the stock market can be very confusing, even for the most seasoned investors. Even when expectations are met as predicted, the market may decide to move otherwise. This can cause uncertainty and second guessing. Keeping up with historical data as well as short-term and long-term trends may be very helpful. Over the past week, Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) shares have performed -0.94%. Pushing back over the last quarter, shares are -6.62%. Looking at stock performance for the past six months, shares are -3.95%. Since the start of the calendar year, shares have performed 0.85%.

Let’s take a quick look at some possible support and resistence levels for the stock. According to a recent spotcheck, company
Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) have been seen trading -9.83% away from the 50- day high. On the opposite end, shares have been trading 0.96% away from the 50-day low price. Taking a wider perspective, shares have been recently trading -12.87% off the 52-week high and 12.19% away from the 52-week low.