Francesca’s Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:FRAN) was downgraded by equities researchers at Nomura from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note issued on Wednesday. The analysts noted that the move was a valuation call.

Several other equities analysts have also recently commented on the stock. Stifel Nicolaus upgraded shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and upped their target price for the company from $16.00 to $18.00 in a research note on Friday, September 23rd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. from a “strong sell” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $15.00 target price for the company in a research note on Tuesday, August 9th. SunTrust Banks Inc. upped their target price on shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. from $16.00 to $18.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, September 8th. Jefferies Group upped their target price on shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. from $13.00 to $15.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 21st. Finally, FBR & Co reiterated a “market perform” rating and set a $14.00 target price on shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. in a research note on Friday, September 23rd. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $16.58.

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

Shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:FRAN) opened at 16.77 on Wednesday. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $16.15 and a 200 day moving average of $13.72. Francesca’s Holdings Corp. has a 52-week low of $9.75 and a 52-week high of $19.90. The firm has a market capitalization of $635.90 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.32 and a beta of 1.03.

Francesca’s Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:FRAN) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, September 7th. The company reported $0.27 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate 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 business earned $115.30 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $109.16 million. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.22 earnings per share. Francesca’s Holdings Corp.’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.8% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts predict that Francesca’s Holdings Corp. will post $1.00 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of large investors have recently modified their holdings of FRAN. Fuller & Thaler Asset Management Inc. bought a new stake in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. during the third quarter worth approximately $119,000. Summit Securities Group LLC bought a new stake in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. during the second quarter worth approximately $111,000. Hartford Investment Management Co. bought a new stake in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. during the third quarter worth approximately $156,000. Verition Fund Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. during the third quarter worth approximately $160,000. Finally, Fox Run Management L.L.C. bought a new stake in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. during the second quarter worth approximately $119,000. 96.32% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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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