The Gap Inc. (NYSE:GPS) saw an upside of 3.83% to close Friday at $23.57 after adding $0.87 on the day. The 5-day average trading volume is 11,326,380 shares of the company’s common stock. It has gained $26.12 in the past week and touched a new high 3 times within the past 5 days. An average of 8,062,605 shares of the company has been traded in the last 20 days, and the 50-day average volume stands at 7,400,932.
GPS’s 1-month performance is -10.89% or -$2.88 on its low of $22.57 reached on 10/01/21. The company’s shares have touched a 52-week low of $17.12 and high of $37.63, with the stock’s rally to the 52-week high happening on 05/18/21. YTD, GPS has achieved 16.74% or $3.38 and has reached a new high 29 times. However, the current price is down -37.36%% from the 52-week high price.
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On Aug 20, 45 days have gone by since the last insider trading activity for The Gap Inc. (GPS). Syngal Sonia (CEO Gap, Inc.) most recently sold 22,520 shares at $27.45 per share on Aug 20. This transaction cost the insider $618,286. CEO Gap, Inc., Syngal Sonia, sold 22,641 shares at a price of $29.61 on Aug 13. Then, on Aug 10, EVP CFO O’Connell Katrina sold 65,271 shares at a price of $30.00 per share. This transaction amounted to $1,958,130.
The company’s PE ratio for the last five years has touched a high of 32.44 and a low of 5.978. GPS stock has a beta of 1.64. Moving on to other valuation ratios, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio is 0.51 while the price-to-book (PB) in the most recent quarter is 2.95, with the price to cash flow ratio at 16.23.
The Gap Inc. pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share. Its dividend yield is 2.04% and the payout ratio is 6.00%. GPS paid $0.12 a share compared with prior rate of $0.12, down 0.0% from last year’s. The company has boosted its dividend for the last 1 consecutive years with the latest dividend decrease of $0.1225 reported on Tuesday May 11 2021. Measured over the last 3 years, the Dividend has been growing by -64.86% yearly.
It is projected that The Gap Inc.’s next ex-dividend date will be on 5-Oct-2021. GPS is expected to distribute $0.12 as its next dividend.
The Gap Inc.’s quick ratio for the period ended July 30 was 1.10, with the current ratio over the same period at 1.70 meaning that GPS stock is able to fulfill its debt obligations. As well, the company’s long term debt to equity for the quarter ending July 30 was 0.74, while the total debt to equity was 0.00. In terms of profitability, the gross margin trailing 12 months is 40.60%The trailing 12-month EBITDA margin is 1.42% while for the period ending July 30; The Gap Inc.’s operating margin was 5.80%. The firm’s gross profit as reported stood at $4.71 billion against revenue of $13.8 billion.
For the quarterly period ending July 30 this year, The Gap Inc.’s cash and short-term investments amounted to $337.0 million against total debt of $7.36 billion. Net income and sales went up compared to those figures reported in the previous quarter. Analysts expected GPS to announce $0.46 per share in earnings in its latest quarter, but it posted $0.7, representing a 52.20% surprise. EBITDA for the quarter stood at more than $537.0 million. GPS stock balance sheet for the quarter ending July 30 shows that total liabilities totaled 10.74 billion, with total debt at $7.36 billion. Shareholders hold equity totaling $376.11 million
Let’s look briefly at The Gap Inc. (GPS) price momentum from a technical analysis perspective. The 9-day relative strength index as at close on 01 October was 42.29% to suggest the stock is trending Neutral, with historical volatility in this time period at 54.48%.
The stock’s 5-day moving average is $24.03, reflecting a -1.42% or -$0.34 change from its current price. GPS is currently trading -8.22% above its 20-day SMA, -33.21% above its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is away from the SMA50 and SMA200 by -18.78% and +13.92% respectively.
Stochastic %K and %D was 26.15% and 45.35% and the average true range (ATR) pointed at 1.08. The RSI (14) points at 40.80%, while the 14-day stochastic is at 28.17% with the period’s ATR at 1.06. The stock’s 9-day MACD Oscillator is pointing at -0.25 and -0.29 on the 14-day charts.
In the most recent analyst report for The Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS), Deutsche Bank reiterated its a Buy rating for the company but lifted their price target by $42 to $45. Analysts offering their rating for GPS stock have a consensus rating for the stock as Hold. Currently, 0 brokerage advisors rate GPS as a “sell,”, while 17 advise that investors “Hold.” 0 analysts have rated the stock as underweight. 2 rates the stock as overweight while 4 have offered a “buy” rating.
What is GPS’s price target for the next 12 months?
Analysts have a consensus price target ranging from a low of $27.75 and a high of $45.00, with their median price target at $33.00. Looking at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts is for The Gap Inc. (GPS) stock is $34.31.