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 up 1.1%. By the end of trading, Gap fell $0.76 (-1.9%) to $39.98 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 8,235,359 shares of Gap exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,378,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $39.82-$40.78 after having opened the day at $40.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.74. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: Haverty Furniture Companies ( HVT), down 7.5%, Haverty Furniture Companies ( HVT.A), down 6.6%, Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), down 2.8% and Chico's FAS ( CHS), down 2.6%.

The Gap, Inc. operates as an apparel retail company worldwide. It provides apparel, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, Athleta, and Intermix brands. Gap has a market cap of $18.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 4.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 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 notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, E-Commerce China Dangdang ( DANG), up 12.7%, Mercadolibre ( MELI), up 7.4%, Liquidity Service ( LQDT), up 6.2% and ValueVision Media ( VVTV), up 6.0% , were all gainers within the retail industry with eBay ( EBAY) 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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