How to buy Gap shares

Own Gap shares in just a few minutes. Share price changes are updated daily.

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The Gap, Inc (GPS) is a leading apparel retail business based in the US. Gap is listed on the NYSE and employs 129,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Gap

  1. Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing 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 Gap shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Gap shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

Gap share price

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

Gap shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-01-23.
52-week range$5.0664 - $26.99
50-day moving average $21.1636
200-day moving average $18.4543
Wall St. target price$24.27
PE ratio 8.7312
Dividend yield $0.97 (13.98%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $2.143
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Share dealing platform comparison

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Name Product Price per trade Frequent trader rate Platform fees Brand description
Fineco
£2.95
£2.95
Zero platform fee
Your first 100 trades are free with Fineco, T&Cs apply.
Fineco Bank is good for share traders and investors looking for a complete platform and wide offer. Capital at risk.
eToro Free Stocks
0% commission, no markup, no ticket fee, no management fee
N/A
Withdrawal fee & GDP to USD deposit conversion
Capital at risk. 0% commission but other fees may apply.
Stake
£0
£0
Zero platform fee
Join and receive a free share worth up to £100
Access unlimited commission-free trading on 3,800+ US stocks and ETFs with Stake. Capital at risk.
IG
0% commission on US shares, and £3 on UK shares
From £5
£0 - £24 per quarter
IG is good for experienced traders, and offers learning resources for beginners, all with wide access to shares, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
Degiro Share Dealing
£1.75 + 0.022% (max £5.00)
£1.75 + 0.022% (max £5.00)
Portfolio transfer fees (in & out)
Degiro is widely seen as one of the best low-cost share brokers, for people who are looking to trade regularly. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account
£11.95
£5.95
No fees
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's number one platform for private investors, with the depth of features you'd expect from an established platform. Capital at risk.
Interactive Investor
From £7.99 on the Investor Service Plan
From £7.99 on the Investor Service Plan
No transfer fees or exit fees. £9.99 a month on the Investor Service Plan
Open an ISA, Trading Account or SIPP you will get £100 of free trades to buy or sell any investment (new customers only).
Interactive Investor offers everything most investors need. Its flat fees makes it pricey for small portfolios, but cheap for big ones. Capital at risk.
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Name Product Minimum deposit Maximum annual fee Price per trade Brand description
Interactive Investor stocks and shares ISA
Any lump sum or £25 a month
£119.88
£7.99
Interactive Investor offers everything most investors need. Its flat fees makes it pricey for small portfolios, but cheap for big ones. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm stocks and shares ISA
£1500
0.75%
£0
Moneyfarm helps you meet your investment goals with fully-managed portfolios designed around you. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.45%
£11.95
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got everything you'll need, from beginners to experienced investors. Capital at risk.
Nutmeg stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.75%
£0
Nutmeg offers three types of portfolios. Choose the one that goes with your investment style. Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets stocks and shares ISA
No minimum deposit requirement
0.12%
£8.00
Saxo Markets offers a wide access to a range of stocks, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell stocks and shares ISA
£500
0.25%
£9.95
AJ Bell is a good all-rounder for people who to choose between shares, funds, ISAs and pensions. Capital at risk.
Fidelity stocks and shares ISA
£1000 or a regular savings plan from £50
0.35%
£10.00
Fidelity is another good all-rounder, offering a good package at a decent price. Not suited for trading shares. Capital at risk.
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
£100 or £20 a month
0.61%
N/A
Legal & General is a big financial services company which offers insurance, lifetime mortgage, pensions and stocks and shares ISAs. Capital at risk.
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Name Product Minimum investment Choose from Annual fee Brand description
Interactive Investor Pension
Any lump sum or £25 a month
Over 3,000 funds
£10/month
interactive investor is a flat-fee platform, which makes it cost effective for larger portfolios. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm Pension
£1,500 (initial investment)
7 funds
0.35%-0.75%
Moneyfarm has pensions that are matched against your risk appetite, goals and planned retirement date. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell Pension
£1,000
Over 2,000 funds
0.05-0.25%
AJ Bell has two different pension options, a self managed pension and one that is managed for you. Capital at risk.
PensionBee Pension
No minimum
7 funds
0.5% - 0.95%
Pension Bee is a newbie in the pension market. It helps consolidate your pension plans into one place. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown Pension
£100 or £25 a month
2,500 funds
0-0.45%
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got three different retirement options. Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets Pension
Saxo Markets Pension
£10
Over 11,000 funds
No annual fee
Saxo Markets gives flexibility and control over your investment strategy. Capital at risk.
Penfold
Penfold
No minimum
4 portfolios
0.75-0.88%
Moneybox Pension
£1
3 funds
0.15% - 0.45% charged monthly
Manage your money with an easy-to-use Moneybox app. Capital at risk.
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Is it a good time to buy Gap stock?

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Is Gap under- or over-valued?

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

Gap's P/E ratio

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, 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.

However, Gap's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the apparel retail industry or those of similar companies.

Gap's PEG ratio

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 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.

However, it's sensible to consider Gap's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.

Gap's EBITDA

Gap's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $156 million.

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

To put Gap's EBITDA into context you can compare it against that of similar companies.

Gap financials

Revenue TTM $14 billion
Gross profit TTM $8 billion
Return on assets TTM -1.6%
Return on equity TTM -36.07%
Profit margin -7.71%
Book value $6.34
Market capitalisation $8.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell Gap shares

  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 16.8 million Gap shares held short by investors – that's known as Gap's "short interest". This figure is 24.3% down from 22.2 million last month.

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

Gap's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Gap's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Gap shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Gap shares traded daily (recently around 7.9 million). Gap's SIR currently stands at 2.14. In other words for every 100,000 Gap shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2140 shares are currently held short.

To gain some more context, you can compare Gap's short interest ratio against those of similar companies.

However Gap's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Gap shares, or, against the total number of tradable Gap shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Gap's short interest could be expressed as 0.04% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Gap shares in existence, roughly 40 shares are currently held short) or 0.0858% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Gap shares, roughly 86 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 Gap.

Find out more about how you can short Gap stock.

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 Gap.

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

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 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 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.).

To gain some more context, you can compare Gap's total ESG risk score against those of similar companies.

Gap's environmental score

Environmental score: 1.61/100

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 Gap is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Gap's social score

Social score: 3.58/100

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 Gap is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Gap's governance score

Governance score: 2.19/100

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

Gap's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

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

Wondering how that compares? Below are the controversy scores of similar companies.

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

Gap share dividends

We're not expecting Gap to pay a dividend over the next 12 months. However, you can browse other dividend-paying shares in our guide.

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Have Gap's shares ever split?

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

Gap share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, 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: 1.52)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 Gap's is 1.5242. This would suggest that 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).

To put Gap's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.

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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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