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 up 1.0%. By the end of trading, Gap rose $0.82 (1.8%) to $45.63 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,429,496 shares of Gap exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,405,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $44.62-$45.65 after having opened the day at $44.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.81. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: ALCO Stores ( ALCS), up 61.0%, CoStar Group ( CSGP), up 17.2%, Daegis ( DAEG), up 13.2% and On Assignment ( ASGN), up 12.8%.

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 $21.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 44.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Gap a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 14 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, Ruby Tuesday ( RT), down 13.7%, Strayer Education ( STRA), down 10.8%, General Employment ( JOB), down 10.5% and dELiA*s ( DLIA), down 8.3% , were all laggards within the services sector with Target ( TGT) 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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