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

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Gap ( GPS) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Gap rose 73 cents (2.2%) to $34.38 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4.1 million shares of Gap exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $33.79-$34.46 after having opened the day at $33.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.65. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Ascena Retail Group ( ASNA), up 14.3%, E-Commerce China Dangdang ( DANG), up 9.6%, Orchard Supply Hardware ( OSH), up 8.7%, and Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), up 5.6%.
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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 $16.24 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are nine 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 revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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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