Gap Inc. (GPS): Today's Featured Retail Loser

The retail industry closed the day up 1.7%. E-Commerce China Dangdang Inc ( DANG), Bidz.com Inc ( BIDZ), Pricesmart Inc ( PSMT), and Acorn International Inc ( ATV) were all decliners today within the retail industry with Gap Inc ( GPS) being today's featured retail loser. Gap Inc fell 14 cents (-0.8%) to $17.78 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5.2 million shares of Gap Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.9 million shares.

The Gap, Inc. operates as a specialty retailing company. The company offers apparel, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, children, and babies under the Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Piperlime, and Athleta brand names. Gap Inc has a market cap of $9.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.9, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 19.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gap as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, ValueVision Media Inc ( VVTV), Bon-Ton Stores Inc ( BONT), Cost Plus Inc ( CPWM), and GNC Acquisition Holdings Inc ( GNC) were all gainers within the retail industry with Wal-Mart Stores Inc ( WMT) being today's featured retail industry winner.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the retail industry could consider SPDR S&P Retail ETF ( XRT) while those bearish on the retail industry could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods ( SZK).

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