GPS - The Gap, Inc.

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Previous Close25.21
Bid24.79 x 1300
Ask24.79 x 900
Day's Range24.65 - 25.32
52 Week Range24.25 - 34.21
Avg. Volume5,396,241
Market Cap9.384B
Beta (3Y Monthly)0.40
PE Ratio (TTM)9.56
EPS (TTM)2.59
Earnings DateMay 22, 2019 - May 28, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield0.97 (3.71%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-04-09
1y Target Est30.83
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Kellogg Company (K)Don't look now, but Kellogg (NYSE:K) shares may be on the mend after being rocked in 2018.Granted, most food stocks are doing the same. They all took big hits in 2018 on rising delivery costs as well as rising commodity costs, causing a relatively big hit to relatively thin margins. Shipping costs are still frothy, but the industry has at least gotten a grip on its inefficiencies. For Kellogg, that means shedding established brands including Keebler and Famous Amos. * 3 Solar Stocks to Buy for a New Day in Solar Energy More important, the market is responding bullishly. After hitting bottom in March, K stock has broken above a key falling resistance line and just this week has pushed its way above the 100-day moving average line. Gap (GPS)Yes, the so-called retail apocalypse is still in full swing, and yes, the trendy apparel sliver of the industry has been hit especially hard. Gap (NYSE:GPS) hasn't been an exception to that norm.Gap, however, has also been hit unfairly hard.It was brutalized in 2015 when the scales really started to tip in favor of other fashion looks, and just when it looked like the worst was over in 2017, the bears growled again in 2018. The Gap, along with its other brands like Old Navy, Banana Republic and Janie and Jack, just aren't the same draw they used to me when mall-shopping was in its prime and consumers cared about sporting a certain look.Nevertheless, GPS stock appears to have made a hard bottom at $24.00, and is not testing the waters of another rebound attempt. A better-paced move above the $200-day moving average line at $26.90 could be just the catalyst the bulls need. Intel (INTC)Yes, rival Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) mostly caught Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) two years ago when it unveiled its Ryzen processor that matched up with Intel's CPUs at a fraction of the cost. 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    Gap (NYSE:GPS) has been making a lot of changes over the past few months. It ended February with by announcing it will spin off its Old Navy brand and in March iGap scooped up Gymboree's high-end kids line Janie and Jack. Further, despite GPS stock making a big jump after reporting earnings, those gains have evaporated as notable support is now back on the table.There's a feeling that the Gap stock price will continue lower into long-time support. But there's also a feeling that because it's so far off the recent highs -- down more than 13% from its six-month peak in March -- that Gap stock will soon bounce. What should investors do?First, it should be acknowledged that a 3.76% dividend yield is not one to ignore. However, it shouldn't be the sole consideration for investors weighing a position in GPS stock. Instead, we have to also consider the valuation, as well as other peers worthy of buying.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Valuing Gap StockGap stock has some excellent assets and it's far from the worst apparel play investors can choose. Its Athleta brand has serious potential, particularly given the momentum in similar apparel brands like Lululemon Athletica (NASDAQ:LULU) and Nike (NYSE:NKE).That said, some of Gap's brands are far from thriving and overall growth is somewhat stagnant. Comp-store sales growth was flat in fiscal 2018 and revenue growth going forward is expected to be sluggish, too. Analysts estimate that revenue will grow 1.1% this year and next. * 7 High-Risk Stocks With Big Potential Rewards When it comes to earnings, consensus expectations call for a 4.6% contraction this year and 3.2% growth in 2020. Worth noting is the company's restructuring and spinoff of Old Navy. This will impact the top and bottom lines, but it should result in a stronger company with better margins.Also worth pointing out is that even though analysts expect an earnings contraction this year, the consensus expectation still calls for earnings of $2.47 per share. In other words, GPS stock trades at just over 10 times earnings, factoring in some of that slowing growth.Because of its brands and some of the good things Gap is doing, I consider it a somewhat attractive name, but not a must-own stock. At the same time, names like Target (NYSE:TGT) are attractive with its 3.2% dividend and long history of payout increases, or Kohl's (NYSE:KSS) with its 3.7% payout. However, I don't mind buying GPS on a pullback into support.So, let's see where that support is. Trading GPS Stock Click to EnlargeThe post-earnings surge in Gap stock to $31 has been swatted down, with shares now down below $26 after Tuesday's 2.05% drop. Downtrend resistance (blue line) is still very much resistance and $28 wasn't enough to support the name either. However, long-term range support near $24.50 was an excellent buying opportunity. * 8 Risky Stocks to Watch as Earnings Season Kicks Off Not only was this long-term support, but it was also the backside of prior short-term downtrend resistance (purple line). Because GPS stock crumbled so tragically last month after a post-earnings surge, the name did not land on my radar. That's too bad, because I'm kicking myself for missing GPS stock down there.If the 50-day and 20-day moving averages hold as support, Gap stock can put in a higher low and start working on a move higher. If those averages fail, investors can wait for a buying opportunity down near $24.50, where GPS stock price will be sitting near long-term support and pay a near-4% yield.Above the 200-day moving average and bulls can target $28 on the upside, with potential follow-through to downtrend resistance (blue line).Bret Kenwell is the manager and author of Future Blue Chips and is on Twitter @BretKenwell. As of this writing, Bret Kenwell did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Medical Marijuana Stocks to Cure Your Portfolio * 8 Best Stocks to Buy for an April Rally * Top 20 Stocks to Buy for 20-Somethings! Compare Brokers The post Traders Mulling Gap Stock At Strong Support With a 4% Dividend Yield appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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Lululemon Athletica (NASDAQ:LULU) practically invented the category, and a few other apparel companies wisely followed Lululemon's lead.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * The 10 Fastest-Growing Stocks to Invest In Right Now Here are four of the most promising athleisure stocks in 2019. Lululemon (LULU)Source: Shutterstock Morgan Stanley estimates that between 2007 and 2018, activewear sales rose from just under $200 billion annually, globally, to $325 billion. They see that number topping $350 billion in 2020. While athleisure is just a part of that figure, it has clearly been driving much of the overall growth. Overall apparel sales, by contrast, have been growing at just 2% annually worldwide.And we can give Lululemon all the credit for finding the trend early, and continuing to ride it. Investors looked down on LULU stock for just being a fad years ago. LULU stock traded sideways for years as people thought they would never outgrow being a yoga pants store. Over the past year, however, LULU stock has doubled as the brand has proven it can grow sales outside of its traditional markets. Most impressively, Lululemon is making increasing inroads in the male apparel market.Make no mistake, LULU stock is really expensive. At 49x trailing and 37x forward earnings, you need a lot to go right for Lululemon to keep appreciating. The stock did just make a fresh new all-time high on Thursday, after all. But if you want to play a trend, you're often best riding the industry leader. There's no disputing that Lululemon has its finger on the pulse of the athleisure movement. If athleisure continues to surge, LULU stock will continue its winning ways. Nike (NKE)Source: rodrigofranca via FlickrI recently warned not to buy Nike (NYSE:NKE) stock yet on the dip. So don't take this as a call that you need to own Nike stock immediately here. The company announced a mixed earnings report, and for now, we must be careful to see if it is the start of a trend. Unfortunately, with a company as large as Nike, there are a ton of moving parts that can overshadow the growing athleisure part of the business.Near-term complications, such as trade wars and weakness in China could keep NKE stock down in coming the months.For a longer-term investment, however, NKE stock makes a ton of sense. It's indisputably the leading apparel brand around the globe, and Nike has been quick to adapt to the athleisure trend. It may not have beaten Lululemon to the punch, but it has quickly gotten on board. * Top 10 Index Funds to Build a Retirement On Nike has innovated greatly in women's apparel in recent years to make sure that it is front and center in the more casual everyday athletic space. That reaches from traditional things such as better marketing to innovative product designs and more capable and comfortable fabrics. Nike, not surprisingly given its global reach, has been able to move into top position, ranking No. 1 in total athleisure sales according to Euromonitor. The Gap (GPS)Source: Shutterstock The Gap (NYSE:GPS) probably isn't the first name you think of when you consider athleisure stocks. However, it should be near the top of your radar. That's because The Gap is undergoing what could be a very profitable transformation.Recently, The Gap confirmed speculation that it will be spinning off Old Navy as a separate company. Of The Gap's four big brands, Old Navy has the best operating profit margins and it is still growing nicely. The Gap stock has arguably struggled in recent years because it is mixed in with Banana Republic and The Gap, both of which are mature, low-growth brands with much lower profit margins.Lost in the shuffle, however, is The Gap's other brand, the athleisure hit Athleta. Once Old Navy is established as its own business, that will leave Athleta as the high-growth face of The Gap going forward. Athleta is coming up on $1 billion in annual sales and just passed 150 stores, leaving it with about half the footprint of Lululemon so far. That gives it plenty more room to grow. Its sales trends remain reasonably strong, particularly in girl's apparel. Athleta has been living under the shadow of Old Navy. Once the spinoff is complete, look for upside in Gap stock, which is currently yielding almost 4% and trading at 11x forward earnings. Under Armour (UAA)Source: Shutterstock If you're looking for a bargain in this red-hot sector, you'll want to take a look at Under Armour (NYSE:UA, NYSE:UAA). Okay, bargain is in the eye of the beholder. At 35x forward earnings or so, UAA stock is still way more expensive than Gap on earnings. But earnings could turn around here quickly.As it is, Under Armour stock is still down close to 20% from its recent highs, and is still down more than 50% from its peak a few years back. Under Armour fell off the pace as its basketball shoe sales gave in to the inevitable and fell behind Nike again after a hot streak. But there's more to the business than basketball. * 10 Dangerous Dividend Stocks to Avoid Unfortunately, some of Under Armour's efforts into athleisure failed to pay off as much as expected. As a result, the company is changing up its approach. CEO Kevin Plank noted that many buyers of athleisure products never actually exercise -- they simply like the look and feel. Under Armour is instead deciding to double down on what made it great in the first place: athletic performance. Under Armour aims to create more stylish lines that achieve superior performance to the competition. It's still a question if Under Armour can pull it off, but with UAA stock down this far, the reward will be great if the company can turn things around.At the time of this writing, Ian Bezek did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can reach him on Twitter at @irbezek. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Medical Marijuana Stocks to Cure Your Portfolio * 8 Best Stocks to Buy for an April Rally * Top 20 Stocks to Buy for 20-Somethings! Compare Brokers The post 4 of the Best Athleisure Stocks to Ride the Trend appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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    You might not know Duluth Holdings (NASDAQ:DLTH) by name. However, you almost certainly know their distinctive marketing campaign. Indeed, their commercials feature the right mix between broad appeal and humor, lifting the bull case for DLTH stock. * 7 High-Risk Stocks With Big Potential Rewards The structure is so simple yet so brilliant. Source: Bill McChesney via Flickr (modified) A cartoon character, typically a plump, middle-aged man, encounters a common problem with his attire. DLTH comes to the rescue with their unique brand of clothing. Our protagonist is happy, and the viewing audience is left in stitches. It's a shtick, but it's an effective one. Back in 2015, total revenue dollars didn't even crack a quarter-of-a-billion. Now, sales are well above half-a-billion. And while Duluth Holdings stock has had a wild ride since its initial public offering more than three years ago, the company has demonstrated potential.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsIf investments were graded only on narratives, DLTH stock would absolutely soar. Unfortunately, the markets also want to see results. That's where the apparel-maker with its lovable characters fell well short.As our own Karl Utermohlen reported, Duluth generated income of $20.8 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018. This number translates to approximately 64 cents per share, which was a significant improvement over the year-ago-quarter's results. Back then, the company produced earnings of 55 cents per share.However, this quarter, analysts were looking for earnings per share of 75 cents. In another blemish for DLTH stock, management rang up sales of $250.5 million. Again, this tally fell short of analysts' consensus expectations for $257.5 million.Adding to concerns, the apparel industry is extremely competitive. Fashion trends are unpredictable, especially among millennials. Therefore, I'm not surprised that Duluth Holdings stock dropped nearly 19% in after-hours trading. There's a Reason Why DLTH Stock TankedGiven the ugliness that has already happened and is sure to follow, your best bet is to steer clear. Duluth Holdings stock has turned into a falling knife, with a high probability of a stabbing.I say this because shares fell for a reason. Due to the law of small numbers, an up-and-coming organization can't afford to miss revenue expectations. Moreover, you don't want to miss sales and earnings targets.But if you dig a little deeper, you'll find that the revenue miss also has its own, nuanced explanation. According to Duluth CEO Stephanie Pugliese, the company overall enjoyed many successes in 2018, including rising sales in Q4.So, what happened? On the Q4 conference call, Pugliese disclosed that sales momentum remained strong through the first week of December. However, a broader consumer slowdown pressured the retail sector, eventually dooming DLTH stock.I'm assuming she's talking about the government shutdown, which likely had a disproportionate impact on Duluth Holdings stock. If you browse their website, Duluth apparel caters heavily towards the blue collar, outdoorsy type.When the government temporarily closed its doors, it didn't just negatively affect federal employees. It also affected business contracts and rural communities, which surround many impacted federal institutions. Under normal circumstances, rural life is tough. But when you have a government shutdown on top of it, it takes the wind out of you.Therefore, a substantial amount of Duluth's core customers had to dial back their spending. Certainly, the timing of the company's revenue dearth matches that of the shutdown.That doesn't mean I'm necessarily gung-ho on DLTH stock. However, I think the markets are making a mistake in not really listening to Pugliese's reasonable and logical explanation. Tailwinds for Duluth Holdings StockI really can't tell you how the markets will react to DLTH stock over the next few days. By the numbers, the Q4 earning report genuinely stunk up the room.But again, if you're risk-tolerant, look deeper. Inside, you'll find compelling tailwinds that distinguish DLTH from other apparel-makers like Gap (NYSE:GPS), American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE:AEO), and Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE:ANF).First, Duluth products emphasize function over form. For most of the field, it's the other way around. 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