Even though Gap (NYSE:GPS) has lost US$335m market cap in last 7 days, shareholders are still up 16% over 1 year

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Simply Wall St
Published
October 14, 2021
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The Gap, Inc. (NYSE:GPS) shareholders might be concerned after seeing the share price drop 20% in the last quarter. But at least the stock is up over the last year. In that time, it is up 15%, which isn't bad, but is below the market return of 29%.

Since the long term performance has been good but there's been a recent pullback of 3.8%, let's check if the fundamentals match the share price.

View our latest analysis for Gap

While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. By comparing earnings per share (EPS) and share price changes over time, we can get a feel for how investor attitudes to a company have morphed over time.

Gap went from making a loss to reporting a profit, in the last year.

The result looks like a strong improvement to us, so we're not surprised the market likes the growth. Inflection points like this can be a great time to take a closer look at a company.

The company's earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).

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NYSE:GPS Earnings Per Share Growth October 15th 2021

We know that Gap has improved its bottom line lately, but is it going to grow revenue? You could check out this free report showing analyst revenue forecasts.

A Different Perspective

Gap shareholders gained a total return of 16% during the year. But that was short of the market average. But at least that's still a gain! Over five years the TSR has been a reduction of 0.1% per year, over five years. It could well be that the business is stabilizing. While it is well worth considering the different impacts that market conditions can have on the share price, there are other factors that are even more important. For instance, we've identified 3 warning signs for Gap that you should be aware of.

If you would prefer to check out another company -- one with potentially superior financials -- then do not miss this free list of companies that have proven they can grow earnings.

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on US exchanges.

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