SOURCE: Equity Leader Inc.

February 20, 2012 09:00 ET

Conditions of Growth, Economic Analysis - Research Report on The Gap Inc. and CenturyLink, Inc.

HONG KONG--(Marketwire - Feb 20, 2012) - Today, introduced research coverage of The Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) and CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL). Full research reports are available to readers at:

Economic fundamentals leading into 2012 have set a generally positive pace with GDP growth likely to pick up through the coming year. However, there are several important caveats to note as the world economy continues to face headwinds and risks weigh to the downside. Positive outlooks are conditional on fiscal policy in payroll taxes and unemployment insurance benefits and upon the easing of the European debt situation. A repeat of volatility experience in 2011 is likely in 2012, as perceptions about the strength of the U.S. economy and the euro zone will vary over time as events unfold.

Despite the current situation, our team continues to identify high momentum situations with growth potential - there remains strong opportunity within careful discretion.

Equity Leader has decided to cover The Gap Inc. for its current position within the services industry. The Gap, Inc. is a global specialty retailer offering apparel, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, children, and babies under the Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Piperlime, and Athleta brands. Most of the products sold under its brand names are designed by the Company and manufactured by independent sources. A copy of this report detailing The Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) is available at:

Equity Leader is also taking note of CenturyLink, Inc. for its changing role within the technology industry. CenturyLink, Inc. (CenturyLink), formerly CenturyTel, Inc., along with its subsidiaries, is an integrated communications company. CenturyLink is engaged primarily in providing a range of communications services, including voice, Internet, data and video services. To download free research on CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) investors may visit:

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