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 0.7%. By the end of trading, Gap rose $0.44 (1.2%) to $38.28 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,624,004 shares of Gap exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,987,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $37.19-$38.48 after having opened the day at $37.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.84. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: Myriad Genetics ( MYGN), up 15.1%, Furiex Pharmaceuticals ( FURX), up 7.4%, Knightsbridge Tankers ( VLCCF), up 7.3% and Birks Group ( BGI), up 6.8%.

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 worldwide. Gap has a market cap of $16.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 3.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Gap a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 17 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 18.0%, MGT Capital Investments ( MGT), down 15.0%, Globus Maritime ( GLBS), down 10.5% and Buffalo Wild Wings ( BWLD), down 9.7% , were all laggards within the services sector with Carnival Corporation ( CCL) 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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