Market Analysts see The Gap Inc. [GPS] gaining to $23. Time to buy?

The Gap Inc. [NYSE: GPS] gained 3.47% on the last trading session, reaching $23.27 price per share at the time. The company report on February 12, 2021 that Gap Inc. to Report Fourth Quarter 2020 Results on March 4.

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Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) will report its fourth quarter 2020 earnings results by press release on March 4, 2021 at 1:15 p.m. Pacific Time.

In addition, the company will host a summary of Gap Inc.’s fourth quarter results during a live conference call and webcast on Thursday, March 4, 2021 from approximately 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time. The conference call can be accessed by calling 1-855-5000-GPS or 1-855-500-0477 (participant passcode: 1582503). International callers may dial 1-323-794-2078. The webcast can be accessed at investors.gapinc.com.

The Gap Inc. represents 374.00 million in outstanding shares, while the company has a total market value of $8.51 billion with the latest information. GPS stock price has been found in the range of $22.40 to $23.93.

If compared to the average trading volume of 8.59M shares, GPS reached a trading volume of 7767964 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

Here is what top equities market gurus are saying about The Gap Inc. [GPS]:

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for GPS shares is $24.27 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on GPS stock is a recommendation set at 2.90. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.

Telsey Advisory Group have made an estimate for The Gap Inc. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Market Perform, with their previous recommendation back on November 25, 2020. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Citigroup dropped their target price from $30 to $27. The new note on the price target was released on November 25, 2020, representing the official price target for The Gap Inc. stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise to $30, while JP Morgan analysts kept a Overweight rating on GPS stock. On October 23, 2020, analysts increased their price target for GPS shares from 17 to 23.

The Average True Range (ATR) for The Gap Inc. is set at 0.98, with the Price to Sales ratio for GPS stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 0.61. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 3.67, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 7.24. Price to Free Cash Flow for GPS in the course of the last twelve months was 9.42 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 0.80.

Trading performance analysis for GPS stock

The Gap Inc. [GPS] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 5.06. With this latest performance, GPS shares dropped by -0.13% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 53.60% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 26.06% in the past year of trading.

Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for GPS stock in for the last two-week period is set at 60.51, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 65.18, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 57.83 for The Gap Inc. [GPS]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 21.27, while it was recorded at 22.52 for the last single week of trading, and 16.65 for the last 200 days.

The Gap Inc. [GPS]: A deeper dive into fundamental analysis

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and The Gap Inc. [GPS] shares currently have an operating margin of +6.16 and a Gross Margin at +37.39. The Gap Inc.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +2.14.

Return on Total Capital for GPS is now 12.78, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 4.72. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 10.22, with Return on Assets sitting at 3.23. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, The Gap Inc. [GPS] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 231.51. Additionally, GPS Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 69.84, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 56.12. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 203.77, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 61.47.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, The Gap Inc. [GPS] managed to generate an average of $2,721 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 48.54 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 1.51.The Gap Inc.’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 0.80 and a Current Ratio set at 1.40.

The Gap Inc. [GPS]: An earnings per share (EPS) analysis

With the latest financial reports released by the company, The Gap Inc. posted 0.58/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 0.41/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 41.50%. The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for GPS. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for The Gap Inc. go to -1.60%.

An analysis of insider ownership at The Gap Inc. [GPS]

There are presently around $4,590 million, or 58.20% of GPS stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of GPS stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 26,222,533, which is approximately -5.206% of the company’s market cap and around 0.10% of the total institutional ownership; DODGE & COX, holding 25,313,027 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $589.03 million in GPS stocks shares; and BLACKROCK INC., currently with $286.05 million in GPS stock with ownership of nearly -23.326% of the company’s market capitalization.

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Positions in The Gap Inc. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of March and at the time of the March reporting period, where 175 institutional holders increased their position in The Gap Inc. [NYSE:GPS] by around 37,077,885 shares. Additionally, 190 investors decreased positions by around 45,939,417 shares, while 58 investors held positions by with 114,216,998 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 197,234,300 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. GPS stock had 73 new institutional investments in for a total of 17,281,686 shares, while 66 institutional investors sold positions of 10,361,231 shares during the same period.

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