News coverage about GAP (NYSE:GPS) has trended somewhat positive on Wednesday, InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis reports. InfoTrie identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than six thousand news and blog sources in real time. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -5 to 5, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. GAP earned a daily sentiment score of 0.76 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned media coverage about the apparel retailer an news buzz score of 3 out of 10, indicating that recent press coverage is unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the news articles that may have impacted GAP’s ranking:

NYSE GPS opened at $24.66 on Wednesday. The company has a quick ratio of 1.02, a current ratio of 1.96 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.37. The firm has a market cap of $9.79 billion, a P/E ratio of 11.58, a PEG ratio of 1.10 and a beta of 0.71. GAP has a 1 year low of $24.25 and a 1 year high of $35.68.

GAP (NYSE:GPS) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, November 20th. The apparel retailer reported $0.69 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.68 by $0.01. The business had revenue of $4.09 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $4 billion. GAP had a net margin of 5.43% and a return on equity of 29.25%. GAP’s quarterly revenue was up 6.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.58 EPS. On average, equities research analysts expect that GAP will post 2.57 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, January 30th. Investors of record on Wednesday, January 9th will be issued a dividend of $0.2425 per share. This represents a $0.97 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.93%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, January 8th. GAP’s dividend payout ratio is currently 45.54%.

GPS has been the topic of several analyst reports. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lowered shares of GAP from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating and dropped their price target for the stock from $30.00 to $24.00 in a research note on Thursday, October 18th. Royal Bank of Canada dropped their price target on shares of GAP to $30.00 and set a “positive” rating on the stock in a research note on Thursday, November 1st. B. Riley restated a “neutral” rating on shares of GAP in a research note on Wednesday, November 7th. Citigroup upgraded shares of GAP from a “sell” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $28.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Monday, August 27th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, ValuEngine lowered shares of GAP from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 12th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nineteen have issued a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $32.26.

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About GAP

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, and Intermix brands. Its products include denim, tees, button-downs, khakis, and other products; and fitness and lifestyle products for use in yoga, training, sports, travel, and everyday activities to women and girls.

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