Morgan Stanley lowered Gap's stock to an "underweight" rating from "equal-weight", citing key weakness in the company's business. Analyst at Morgan Stanley fixed an objective price of $26 for Gap's stock, down 11% from the present level.
Surpassing analysts' projections, UK retailer Next Plc posted better than expected results for the first half of 2015. The pretax profit rose 7.1 percent to GBP347million ($533MN) for the first half. Retail profit margins grew 14.9 percent from 14.1 percent during the previous corresponding period. The strengthening British pound also helped Next Plc improve profit margins.