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Reminder - The Gap, Inc. (GPS) Goes Ex-Dividend 10/7/11

By Dividend Channel Staff, Wednesday, October 5, 9:58 AM ET
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On 10/7/11, The Gap, Inc. (NYSE:GPS) will trade ex-dividend, for its quarterly dividend of $0.1125, payable on 10/26/11. As a percentage of GPS's recent stock price of $16.75, this dividend works out to approximately 0.67%.

Below is a dividend history chart for GPS, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent $0.1125 declared by The Gap, Inc.:

GPS Dividend History
Date Div*
07/01/11 0.113
04/04/11 0.113
01/03/11 0.100
10/08/10 0.100
07/02/10 0.100
04/05/10 0.100
01/04/10 0.085
10/09/09 0.085
07/06/09 0.085
04/06/09 0.085
01/05/09 0.085
10/09/08 0.085
07/03/08 0.085
04/04/08 0.085
01/07/08 0.080
10/12/07 0.080
07/06/07 0.080
04/05/07 0.080
12/29/06 0.080
10/05/06 0.080
06/30/06 0.080
03/31/06 0.080
12/30/05 0.045
10/06/05 0.045
06/30/05 0.045
04/01/05 0.045
02/04/05 0.022
11/17/04 0.023
08/25/04 0.023
05/19/04 0.023
02/25/04 0.023
12/17/03 0.023
09/17/03 0.023
05/21/03 0.022
02/26/03 0.022
12/04/02 0.020
09/19/02 0.022
05/29/02 0.022
02/26/02 0.022
12/05/01 0.022
09/19/01 0.022
05/31/01 0.022
02/21/01 0.022
11/29/00 0.022
09/14/00 0.022
05/24/00 0.022
02/23/00 0.022
12/20/99 0.023
09/16/99 0.022
06/02/99 0.022
03/03/99 0.021
12/08/98 0.015
09/17/98 0.022
06/03/98 0.022
03/04/98 0.022
12/03/97 0.022
09/03/97 0.022
06/04/97 0.022
03/05/97 0.022
12/04/96 0.022
09/04/96 0.022
06/05/96 0.022
03/06/96 0.022
11/29/95 0.018
08/30/95 0.018
* Data may be adjusted for splits; we are not responsible for data errors; always verify data with the company.

In general, dividends are not always predictable; but looking at the history above can help in judging whether the most recent dividend from GPS is likely to continue, and whether the current estimated yield of 2.69% on annualized basis is a reasonable expectation of annual yield going forward.

According to the ETF Finder at ETF Channel, GPS makes up 2.60% of the Retail HOLDRS ETF (AMEX:RTH) which is trading lower by about 0.7% on the day Wednesday.

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GPS operates in the Apparel Stores sector, among companies like Men's Wearhouse, Inc. (NYSE:MW) which is down about 0.3% today, and Vera Bradley Inc. (NASDAQ:VRA) trading lower by about 1.6%. Below is a three month price history chart comparing the stock performance of GPS, versus MW and VRA.

GPS,MW,VRA Relative Performance Chart

In Wednesday trading, The Gap, Inc. shares are currently up about 0.1% on the day.


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