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The Ratings Game: Walmart takes on dollar stores with lower prices

Walmart Inc. is taking on dollar stores in the area where they historically have been most competitive — price.

Big Lots Inc. BIG, +0.90% , Dollar General Inc. DG, +0.29% and Dollar Tree Inc. DLTR, +0.31% were all downgraded at Raymond James on the renewed threat from Walmart WMT, +1.31% , with analysts suspecting that the retail giant is focused on price.

“During the past year, pricing for Walmart and Dollar General has been relatively in line,” analysts led by Dan Wewer wrote in a note. “Our latest survey provides evidence that Walmart is reinvesting some of its tax savings into pricing as part of an effort to grow market share.

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