Investors Heavily Search The Gap, Inc. (GPS): Here is What You Need to Know

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Gap (GPS) is one of the stocks most watched by Zacks.com visitors lately. So, it might be a good idea to review some of the factors that might affect the near-term performance of the stock.Shares of this clothing chain have returned +0.9% over the past month versus the Zacks S&P 500 composite's +0.8% change. The Zacks Retail - Apparel and Shoes industry, to which Gap belongs, has lost 2.9% over this period. Now the key question is: Where could the stock be headed in the near term?While media releases or rumors about a substantial change in a company's business prospects usually make its stock 'trending' and lead to an immediate price change, there are always some fundamental facts that eventually dominate the buy-and-hold decision-making.Earnings Estimate RevisionsRather than focusing on anything else, we at Zacks prioritize evaluating the change in a company's earnings projection. This is because we believe the fair value for its stock is determined by the present value of its future stream of earnings.We essentially look at how sell-side analysts covering the stock are revising their earnings estimates to reflect the impact of the latest business trends. And if earnings estimates go up for a company, the fair value for its stock goes up. A higher fair value than the current market price drives investors' interest in buying the stock, leading to its price moving higher. This is why empirical research shows a strong correlation between trends in earnings estimate revisions and near-term stock price movements.For the current quarter, Gap is expected to post earnings of $0.12 per share, indicating a change of +1,100% from the year-ago quarter. The Zacks Consensus Estimate has changed +6.2% over the last 30 days.The consensus earnings estimate of $1.36 for the current fiscal year indicates a year-over-year change of -4.9%. This estimate has changed +4.3% over the last 30 days.For the next fiscal year, the consensus earnings estimate of $1.50 indicates a change of +10.3% from what Gap is expected to report a year ago. Over the past month, the estimate has changed +3.6%.Having a strong externally audited track record, our proprietary stock rating tool, the Zacks Rank, offers a more conclusive picture of a stock's price direction in the near term, since it effectively harnesses the power of earnings estimate revisions. Due to the size of the recent change in the consensus estimate, along with three other factors related to earnings estimates, Gap is rated Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).The chart below shows the evolution of the company's forward 12-month consensus EPS estimate:12 Month EPSRevenue Growth ForecastWhile earnings growth is arguably the most superior indicator of a company's financial health, nothing happens as such if a business isn't able to grow its revenues. After all, it's nearly impossible for a company to increase its earnings for an extended period without increasing its revenues. So, it's important to know a company's potential revenue growth.In the case of Gap, the consensus sales estimate of $3.28 billion for the current quarter points to a year-over-year change of 0%. The $14.84 billion and $15.09 billion estimates for the current and next fiscal years indicate changes of -0.3% and +1.7%, respectively.Last Reported Results and Surprise HistoryGap reported revenues of $4.3 billion in the last reported quarter, representing a year-over-year change of +1.3%. EPS of $0.49 for the same period compares with -$0.75 a year ago.Compared to the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $4.21 billion, the reported revenues represent a surprise of +2.03%. The EPS surprise was +145%.The company beat consensus EPS estimates in each of the trailing four quarters. The company topped consensus revenue estimates two times over this period.ValuationNo investment decision can be efficient without considering a stock's valuation. Whether a stock's current price rightly reflects the intrinsic value of the underlying business and the company's growth prospects is an essential determinant of its future price performance.While comparing the current values of a company's valuation multiples, such as price-to-earnings (P/E), price-to-sales (P/S) and price-to-cash flow (P/CF), with its own historical values helps determine whether its stock is fairly valued, overvalued, or undervalued, comparing the company relative to its peers on these parameters gives a good sense of the reasonability of the stock's price.As part of the Zacks Style Scores system, the Zacks Value Style Score (which evaluates both traditional and unconventional valuation metrics) organizes stocks into five groups ranging from A to F (A is better than B; B is better than C; and so on), making it helpful in identifying whether a stock is overvalued, rightly valued, or temporarily undervalued.Gap is graded A on this front, indicating that it is trading at a discount to its peers. Click here to see the values of some of the valuation metrics that have driven this grade.ConclusionThe facts discussed here and much other information on Zacks.com might help determine whether or not it's worthwhile paying attention to the market buzz about Gap. However, its Zacks Rank #1 does suggest that it may outperform the broader market in the near term.Only $1 to See All Zacks' Buys and SellsWe're not kidding.Several years ago, we shocked our members by offering them 30-day access to all our picks for the total sum of only $1. No obligation to spend another cent.Thousands have taken advantage of this opportunity. Thousands did not - they thought there must be a catch. Yes, we do have a reason. We want you to get acquainted with our portfolio services like Surprise Trader, Stocks Under $10, Technology Innovators,and more, that closed 228 positions with double- and triple-digit gains in 2023 alone.See Stocks Now >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? 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DatumRatingAnalyst
21.11.2018Gap NeutralB. Riley FBR
21.11.2018Gap OutperformTelsey Advisory Group
19.10.2018Gap BuyStandpoint Research
11.10.2018Gap NeutralWedbush Morgan Securities Inc.
24.08.2018Gap NeutralB. Riley FBR
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21.11.2018Gap OutperformTelsey Advisory Group
19.10.2018Gap BuyStandpoint Research
15.05.2018Gap OutperformTelsey Advisory Group
17.11.2017Gap OverweightBarclays Capital
20.09.2017Gap OverweightBarclays Capital
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21.11.2018Gap NeutralB. Riley FBR
11.10.2018Gap NeutralWedbush Morgan Securities Inc.
24.08.2018Gap NeutralB. Riley FBR
10.08.2018Gap NeutralWedbush Morgan Securities Inc.
02.03.2018Gap NeutralB. Riley FBR, Inc.
DatumRatingAnalyst
20.05.2016Gap UnderperformMizuho
10.05.2016Gap UnderperformWolfe Research
10.05.2016Gap UnderperformMizuho
20.11.2015Gap SellUBS AG
20.11.2015Gap UnderperformMizuho

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