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

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Gap ( GPS) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Gap fell 47 cents (-1.3%) to $35.15 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.7 million shares of Gap exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $35.13-$35.84 after having opened the day at $35.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.62. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: QKL Stores ( QKLS), down 10.2%, Gordman's Stores ( GMAN), down 6.5%, Restoration Hardware Holdings ( RH), down 5.8%, and Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage ( NGVC), down 5%.
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The Gap, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer. 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 has a market cap of $17.07 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 91.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Gap a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gap as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, ALCO Stores ( ALCS), up 7.5%, RadioShack ( RSH), up 6.6%, Haverty Furniture Companies ( HVT), up 4.8%, and Coastal Contacts ( COA), up 4.3%, were all gainers within the retail industry with Kroger ( KR) being today's featured retail industry leader.

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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