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How to buy The Gap stock | $20.85

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The Gap, Inc (GPS) is a leading apparel retail business based in the US. It opened the day at USD$21.55 after a previous close of USD$21.63. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD$20.76 to a high of USD$21.5699. The latest price was USD$20.85 (25 minute delay). The Gap is listed on the NYSE and employs 129,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in The Gap

  1. Compare share trading platforms. If you're a beginner, look for a platform with low commissions, expert ratings and investment tools to track your portfolio. Narrow down top brands with our comparison table.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for The Gap. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: GPS. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until The Gap reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of USD$20.85, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of The Gap, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of The Gap. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

How has coronavirus impacted The Gap's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, The Gap's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last close price was USD$20.85, which is 18.18% up on its pre-crash value of USD$17.06 and 245.20% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$6.04.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of The Gap shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$359.91 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth USD$1,194.91.

The Gap share price

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The Gap shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-11.
Previous closeUSD$21.63
Change USD$-0.78
Change % -3.606%
Volume 6,062,635
Information last updated 2020-12-29.
52-week rangeUSD$5.0664 - USD$26.99
50-day moving average USD$21.9976
200-day moving average USD$17.2631
Wall St. target priceUSD$24.68
PE ratio 8.7312
Dividend yield USD$0.97 (13.98%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$2.143

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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 $20.85 from 2020-10-19

1 week (2021-01-12) -10.52%
1 month (2020-12-18) 3.17%
3 months (2020-10-20) 9.56%
6 months (2020-07-20) 68.01%
1 year (2020-01-17) 12.52%
2 years (2019-01-18) -19.84%
3 years (2018-01-19) 34.81
5 years (2016-01-19) 22.7

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 9x. In other words, The Gap shares trade at around 9x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

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 USD$156 million.

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 USD$14 billion
Gross profit TTM USD$8 billion
Return on assets TTM -1.6%
Return on equity TTM -36.07%
Profit margin -7.71%
Book value $6.34
Market capitalisation USD$7.6 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting The Gap shares

There are currently 23.2 million The Gap shares held short by investors – that's known as The Gap's "short interest". This figure is 1% down from 23.5 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 11.6 million). The Gap's SIR currently stands at 2.01. In other words for every 100,000 The Gap shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2010 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 0.06% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 The Gap shares in existence, roughly 60 shares are currently held short) or 0.1186% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable The Gap shares, roughly 119 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 01/01/2019) 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

We're not expecting The Gap to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Have The Gap's shares ever split?

The Gap's shares were split on a 3:2 basis on 22 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 $5.0664 up to $26.99. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

GPS.US volatility(beta: 1.55)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 1.5543. 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 worldwide. The company offers apparel, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic, Athleta, Intermix, Janie and Jack, and Hill City brands. Its products include denim, tees, fleece, khakis, and other products; and fitness and lifestyle products for use in yoga, training, sports, travel, and everyday activities to 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, and Banana Republic stores in Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. As of February 1, 2020, the company had 3,345 company-operated stores; and 574 franchise stores, as well as online. The Gap, Inc. was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

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