Finder is committed to editorial independence. While we receive compensation when you click links to partners, they do not influence our content.

How to buy The Gap stock in Canada | $23.28

Own The Gap shares in just a few minutes.

The Gap is an apparel retail business based in the US. The Gap stocks (GPS.US) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was $28.51 – a decrease of 2.31% over the previous week. The Gap employs 117,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $16.6 billion.

How to buy The Gap stock in Canada

  1. Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our stock trading table below can help you choose.
  2. Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
  3. Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  4. Search the platform for stock code: GPS in this case.
  5. Research The Gap stocks. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your The Gap stocks. It's that simple.

Is it a good time to buy The Gap stock?

The technical analysis gauge below displays real-time ratings for the timeframes you select. This is not a recommendation, however. It represents a technical analysis based on the most popular technical indicators: Moving Averages, Oscillators and Pivots. Finder might not concur and takes no responsibility.

How has Coronavirus impacted The Gap's stock price?

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

Its last market close was $23.28, which is 26.72% up on its pre-crash value of $17.06 and 285.43% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as $6.04.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of The Gap stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks would have been worth $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 $1,334.18.

The Gap stock price

Use our graph to track the performance of GPS stocks over time.

The Gap stocks at a glance

Information last updated 2021-09-17.
Latest market close$23.28
52-week range$15.5775 - $37.4948
50-day moving average $27.1243
200-day moving average $30.538
Wall St. target price$33.89
PE ratio 12.3354
Dividend yield $0.12 (0.5%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $1.974

Compare online stock trading platforms

Note: The dollar amounts in the table below are in Canadian dollars.

Name Product Available Asset Types Stock Fee Option Fee Account Fee ETF Transaction Cost Feature Table description
OFFER
Wealthsimple Trade
Stocks, ETFs
$0
N/A
$0
Free
Get a $50 bonus when you open a Wealthsimple Trade account and deposit and trade at least $150.
Pay no commissions when you trade Canadian stocks and ETFs with Wealthsimple Trade.
BMO InvestorLine
Stocks, Bonds, Options, Mutual Funds, ETFs, GICs
$9.95
$9.95 + $1.25 per options contract
$0 if conditions met, otherwise $25/quarter
$0 - $9.95
Buy and sell a select group of Canada’s most popular ETFs without paying commissions.
An easy-to-use online trading platform with access to research, tools, and the option to access InvestorLine adviceDirect for additional professional support.
Scotia iTRADE
Bonds, Options, Mutual Funds, ETFs, GICs, International Equities
$4.99-$9.99
$9.99 + $1.25 contract ($4.99 + $1.25 contract if completed 150 trades or more a quarter)
$0
$9.99 ($4.99 if completed 150 trades or more a quarter)
Pay no annual account fees.
Buy, sell and trade ETFs, Equities, Options and more with competitive commissions.
CIBC Investor's Edge
Stocks, Bonds, Options, Mutual Funds, ETFs
$4.95 - $6.95
$4.95 - $6.95 (+$1.25 per contract)
$0 if conditions met, otherwise $100/year
$6.95
$4.95 - $6.95 is applicable for online stock, ETF and option trades only. Pay $4.95 when you qualify as an Active Trader (trade 150+ times per quarter).
An intuitive and easy-to-use platform with access to a variety of tools that help you make smart decisions and trade with confidence.
Interactive Brokers
Stocks, Bonds, Options, ETFs, Currencies, Futures
Min. $1.00, Max. 0.5% of trade value
$1.50 min. per order
$0
Min. $1.00, Max. 0.5% of trade value
Extensive trading capabilities and global investment tracking.
Access market data 24 hours a day, six days a week and invest in global stocks, options, futures, currencies, bonds and funds from one single account.
Questrade
Stocks, Bonds, Options, Mutual Funds, ETFs, GICs, International Equities, Precious Metals
$4.95-$9.95
$9.95 + $1 per contract
$0
Free
Get $50 in free trades when you fund your account with a minimum of $1,000.
Opt for self-directed investing and save on fees or get a pre-built portfolio and take some of the guesswork out.
OFFER
Qtrade Direct Investing
Stocks, Bonds, Options, Mutual Funds, ETFs, GICs
$6.95 - $8.75
$6.95 - $8.75 + $1.25 per contract
$0 if conditions met, otherwise $25/quarter
$0 - $8.75
Get up to 50 free trades. Be one of the first 100 new Qtrade clients to use the promo code 50FREETRADES and deposit a minimum of $10,000 (or top up to $15,000 to get $150 transfer fees waived). Valid until September 30, 2021.
Qtrade Direct Investing offers low trading commissions and an easy-to-use platform with access to powerful tools and a wide selection of investment options. Trade 100 ETFs free of charge and thousands more for $8.75 or lower.
loading

Compare up to 4 providers

Online stock trading

The Gap price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $23.28

1 month (2021-08-20) -17.65%
3 months (2021-06-22) -27.90%
6 months (2021-03-22) -22.91%
1 year (2020-09-22) 39.32%
2 years (2019-09-20) 35.43%
3 years (2018-09-21) -16.26%
5 years (2016-09-22) 3.10%

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 12x. In other words, The Gap stocks trade at around 12x 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 stocks 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 stocks offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the stocks 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 stock prices of multiple high-growth companies.

The Gap's EBITDA

The Gap's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$1.3 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 USD$16.6 billion
Operating margin TTM 5.14%
Gross profit TTM USD$6.1 billion
Return on assets TTM 3.89%
Return on equity TTM 28.56%
Profit margin 4.53%
Book value $8.032
Market capitalisation USD$9.2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell The Gap stocks

  1. Create a CFD or spread betting account.
  2. Search for the stock code. E.g. "GPS.US"
  3. Choose your position size.
  4. Select "sell" rather than "buy".
  5. Confirm your position and keep tabs on it. You may wish to set limits on your position.

There are currently 18.9 million The Gap stocks held short by investors – that's known as The Gap's "short interest". This figure is 15.9% up from 16.3 million last month.

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

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

The Gap's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of The Gap stocks currently shorted divided by the average quantity of The Gap stocks traded daily (recently around 7.5 million). The Gap's SIR currently stands at 2.52. In other words for every 100,000 The Gap stocks traded daily on the market, roughly 2520 stocks are currently held short.

However The Gap's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of The Gap stocks, or, against the total number of tradable The Gap stocks (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 0.05% of the outstanding stocks (for every 100,000 The Gap stocks in existence, roughly 50 stocks are currently held short) or 0.0711% of the tradable stocks (for every 100,000 tradable The Gap stocks, roughly 71 stocks are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the stock 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 stock dividends

28%

Dividend payout ratio: 28.22% of net profits

Recently The Gap has paid out, on average, around 28.22% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.98% 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 1.98% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In The Gap's case, that would currently equate to about $0.12 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 October 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their stocks by 5 October 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have The Gap stocks ever split?

The Gap stocks 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 stocks – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 33.3% lower stock price could have impacted the market appetite for The Gap stocks which in turn could have impacted The Gap's stock price.

The Gap stock price volatility

Over the last 12 months, The Gap's stocks have ranged in value from as little as $15.5775 up to $37.4948. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

GPS.US volatility(beta: 1.61)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a stocks volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while The Gap's is 1.613. This would suggest that The Gap's stocks 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. It also provides its products through e-commerce sites. The Gap, Inc. was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Frequently asked questions

Disclaimer: This information should not be interpreted as an endorsement of futures, stocks, ETFs, CFDs, options or any specific provider, service or offering. It should not be relied upon as investment advice or construed as providing recommendations of any kind. Futures, stocks, ETFs and options trading involves substantial risk of loss and therefore are not appropriate for all investors. Trading CFDs and forex on leverage comes with a higher risk of losing money rapidly. Past performance is not an indication of future results. Consider your own circumstances, and obtain your own advice, before making any trades.

More on investing

More guides on Finder

Go to site