Gap (GPS) - Options Trading Review

Posted on 08/29/2012 by Tom Kaplan





NEW YORK (AVAFIN) -- During the last trading session, a low put/call ratio alert was raised on shares of Gap. Aggregate volume of puts was 4,248 and calls were 20,484 equating to a 0.21 put/call ratio. The increased volume of call contracts outnumbered put contracts 4.8:1 ratio.

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Put/Call ratio is often used to measure investor sentiment, the ratio serves as a predictor of investor behavior. A high put/call ratio suggests that the investor sentiment is bearish and that investors expect the underlying stock to decrease in value. In contrast, a low put/call ratio suggests that the investor sentiment is bullish and that the underlying stock is expected to increase in value. Unusual volume provides reliable clues that the stock is expected to make a move.

Changes to the merchandising organization structure in 2011 and 2012 should get improved inventory in stores, which could help profitability. Additionaly, Gap consistently generates healthy profit margins and strong cash flow, thanks to prudent expense management even through weak economic cycles.

GPS is trading above the 50 day moving average and higher than the 200 day moving average. Shares of Gap closed at $35.17, up $0.06 (+0.17%) in the last trading session. Today's volume of 4M shares is less than the average volume of 6M shares.

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