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How to buy The Gap (GPS) stock

Learn how to easily invest in The Gap stock.

The Gap, Inc
NYSE: GPS - USD
APPAREL RETAIL
$29.14
+$0.12 (+0.41%)

The Gap, Inc (GPS) is a leading apparel retail business based in the US. It opened the day at $33.47 after a previous close of $33.52. During the day the price has varied from a low of $33.11 to a high of $33.96. The latest price was $33.40 (25 minute delay). The Gap is listed on the NYSE and employs 117,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in The Gap

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  5. Purchase now or later. Buy your desired number of shares with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until the stock reaches a desired price.
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The Gap stock price (NYSE: GPS)

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The Gap shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-07-02.
Open$33.47
High$33.96
Low$33.11
Close$33.40
Previous close$33.52
Change $-0.12
Change % -0.358%
Volume 4,282,008
Information last updated 2021-07-23.
52-week range$12.22 - $37.49
50-day moving average $31.74
200-day moving average $29.19
Wall St. target price$36.80
PE ratio 25.9401
Dividend yield $0 (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $1.14

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Is it a good time to buy The Gap stock?

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The Gap price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $33.4 from 2021-06-04

1 week (2021-07-13) N/A
1 month (2021-06-24) 0.91%
3 months (2021-04-20) N/A
6 months (2021-01-20) N/A
1 year (2020-07-20) N/A
2 years (2019-07-20) N/A
3 years (2018-07-20) N/A
5 years (2016-07-20) N/A

Is The Gap under- or over-valued?

Valuing The Gap stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of The Gap's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

The Gap's P/E ratio

The Gap's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 26x. In other words, The Gap shares trade at around 26x recent earnings.

That's comparable to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29).

The Gap's PEG ratio

The Gap's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 4.1492. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into The Gap's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

The Gap's EBITDA

The Gap's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $1 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a The Gap's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

The Gap financials

Revenue TTM $15.7 billion
Operating margin TTM 3.32%
Gross profit TTM $6.1 billion
Return on assets TTM 2.48%
Return on equity TTM 1214.13%
Profit margin 2.76%
Book value $7.44
Market capitalisation $11.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting The Gap shares

There are currently 14.6 million The Gap shares held short by investors – that's known as The Gap's "short interest". This figure is 13.9% up from 12.8 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting The Gap shares can be evaluated.

The Gap's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

The Gap's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of The Gap shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of The Gap shares traded daily (recently around 6.4 million). The Gap's SIR currently stands at 2.28. In other words for every 100,000 The Gap shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2280 shares are currently held short.

However The Gap's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of The Gap shares, or, against the total number of tradable The Gap shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case The Gap's short interest could be expressed as 0.04% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 The Gap shares in existence, roughly 40 shares are currently held short) or 0.0546% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable The Gap shares, roughly 55 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against The Gap.

Find out more about how you can short The Gap stock.

The Gap's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like The Gap.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

The Gap's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 10.38

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and The Gap's overall score of 10.38 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like The Gap is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

The Gap's environmental score

Environmental score: 1.61/100

The Gap's environmental score of 1.61 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that The Gap is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

The Gap's social score

Social score: 3.58/100

The Gap's social score of 3.58 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that The Gap is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

The Gap's governance score

Governance score: 2.19/100

The Gap's governance score puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that The Gap is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

The Gap's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. The Gap scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that The Gap hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

The Gap, Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 10.38
Total ESG percentile 3.96
Environmental score 1.61
Environmental score percentile 1
Social score 3.58
Social score percentile 1
Governance score 2.19
Governance score percentile 1
Level of controversy 3

The Gap share dividends

36%

Dividend payout ratio: 36.28% of net profits

Recently The Gap has paid out, on average, around 36.28% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.23% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), The Gap shareholders could enjoy a 1.23% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In The Gap's case, that would currently equate to about $0 per share.

While The Gap's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that The Gap may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

The Gap's most recent dividend payout was on 27 July 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 5 July 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have The Gap's shares ever split?

The Gap's shares were split on a 3:2 basis on 21 June 1999. So if you had owned 2 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your The Gap shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 33.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for The Gap shares which in turn could have impacted The Gap's share price.

The Gap share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, The Gap's shares have ranged in value from as little as $12.2169 up to $37.4948. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

GPS.US volatility(beta: 1.68)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while The Gap's is 1.6823. This would suggest that The Gap's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

The Gap overview

The Gap, Inc. operates as an apparel retail company. The company offers apparel, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic, Athleta, Intermix, and Janie and Jack brands. Its products include denim, tees, fleece, and khakis; eyewear, jewelry, shoes, handbags, and fragrances; and fitness and lifestyle products for use in yoga, training, sports, travel, and everyday activities for women and girls. The company offers its products through company-operated stores, franchise stores, Websites, third-party arrangements, and catalogs. It has franchise agreements with unaffiliated franchisees to operate Old Navy, Gap, Athleta, and Banana Republic stores and websites in Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. As of March 04, 2021, the company had 3,100 company-operated stores and 615 franchise stores.

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of The Gap is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 47.022% of The Gap shares are held by insiders and 54.329% by institutions.
How many people work for The Gap?
Latest data suggests 117,000 work at The Gap.
When does the fiscal year end for The Gap?
The Gap's fiscal year ends in January.
Where is The Gap based?
The Gap's address is: Two Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94105
What is The Gap's ISIN number?
The Gap's international securities identification number is: US3647601083
What is The Gap's CUSIP number?
The Gap's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 364760108

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