Francesca’s Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:FRAN) was downgraded by equities research analysts at FBR & Co from a “market perform” rating to an “underperform” rating in a report released on Tuesday. They currently have a $14.00 price target on the stock. FBR & Co’s price objective would indicate a potential downside of 19.68% from the stock’s previous close.

A number of other research firms also recently commented on FRAN. Wedbush boosted their price target on shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. from $14.00 to $16.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Thursday, September 8th. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. in a research note on Monday, September 12th. Mizuho lifted their price objective on shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. from $11.00 to $15.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 7th. SunTrust Banks Inc. lifted their price objective on shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. from $16.00 to $18.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, September 8th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus raised shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and lifted their price objective for the stock from $16.00 to $18.00 in a research note on Friday, September 23rd. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $16.58.

Analyst Recommendations for Francesca`s Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:FRAN)

Francesca’s Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:FRAN) opened at 17.43 on Tuesday. Francesca’s Holdings Corp. has a 1-year low of $9.75 and a 1-year high of $19.90. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $16.04 and its 200-day moving average is $13.67. The stock has a market cap of $660.93 million, a P/E ratio of 18.01 and a beta of 1.03.

Francesca’s Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:FRAN) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, September 7th. The company reported $0.27 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.18 by $0.09. Francesca’s Holdings Corp. had a net margin of 8.54% and a return on equity of 33.84%. The company had revenue of $115.30 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $109.16 million. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.22 EPS. Francesca’s Holdings Corp.’s revenue was up 8.8% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts forecast that Francesca’s Holdings Corp. will post $1.00 EPS for the current year.

A number of hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan boosted its stake in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. by 0.9% in the third quarter. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan now owns 12,560 shares of the company’s stock worth $194,000 after buying an additional 110 shares during the last quarter. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans boosted its stake in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. by 3.4% in the second quarter. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans now owns 19,710 shares of the company’s stock worth $218,000 after buying an additional 640 shares during the last quarter. Capstone Asset Management Co. boosted its stake in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. by 5.7% in the second quarter. Capstone Asset Management Co. now owns 16,916 shares of the company’s stock worth $187,000 after buying an additional 910 shares during the last quarter. Isthmus Partners LLC boosted its stake in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. by 3.5% in the third quarter. Isthmus Partners LLC now owns 37,813 shares of the company’s stock worth $628,000 after buying an additional 1,273 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Laurion Capital Management LP boosted its stake in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. by 10.0% in the third quarter. Laurion Capital Management LP now owns 16,000 shares of the company’s stock worth $247,000 after buying an additional 1,458 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 96.32% of the company’s stock.

Francesca’s Holdings Corp. Company Profile

Francesca’s Holdings Corporation is a holding company, which conducts its business operations through its subsidiaries. The Company is a specialty retailer that operates a nationwide-chain of boutiques. It is engaged in the operation of boutiques and its direct-to-consumer Website segment. The merchandise assortment is a mix of apparel, jewelry, accessories and gifts.

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