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

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Gap ( GPS) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Gap rose $0.56 (1.4%) to $40.55 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,828,308 shares of Gap exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,973,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $39.96-$41.30 after having opened the day at $40.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.99. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: Destination XL Group ( DXLG), up 32.3%, Casual Male Retail Group ( CMRG), up 32.3%, Orchard Supply Hardware ( OSH), up 30.9% and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts ( KKD), up 21.5%.
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The Gap, Inc. operates as an apparel retail company. It offers apparel, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, children, and babies under the Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Piperlime, Athleta, and Intermix brands. The company operates through two segments, Stores and Direct. Gap has a market cap of $18.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 28.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Gap a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gap as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Fortune Industries ( FFI), down 11.8%, Rada Electronics Industries ( RADA), down 11.7%, Envoy Capital Group ( ECGI), down 10.0% and Gol Intelligent Airlines ( GOL), down 9.5% , were all laggards within the services sector with CBS Corporation ( CBS) being today's services sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the services sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Services ( IYC) while those bearish on the services sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Consumer Sers ( SCC).

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