Francesca’s Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:FRAN) was downgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note issued to investors on Tuesday.

According to Zacks, “Francesca’s Holdings Corporation is a specialty retailer of women’s apparel products. The Company operates a chain of retail boutiques in the United States. It offers apparel, jewelry, accessories, and gifts to female customers. The company also sells its products through e-commerce Website, francescascollections.com. Francesca’s Holdings Corporation is headquartered in Houston, Texas. “

Several other research firms have also issued reports on FRAN. FBR & Co lowered shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. from a “market perform” rating to an “underperform” rating and set a $14.00 price target for the company. in a report on Tuesday, November 15th. Nomura lowered shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $16.00 price target for the company. in a report on Wednesday, November 16th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Jefferies Group restated a “hold” rating on shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. in a report on Monday, September 12th. Stifel Nicolaus upgraded shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and raised their price target for the stock from $16.00 to $18.00 in a report on Friday, September 23rd. Finally, SunTrust Banks Inc. raised their price target on shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. from $16.00 to $18.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, September 8th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $16.58.

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

Shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:FRAN) opened at 15.98 on Tuesday. The company has a market cap of $605.95 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.51 and a beta of 1.03. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $16.36 and a 200-day moving average of $13.71. Francesca’s Holdings Corp. has a 12 month low of $9.75 and a 12 month high of $19.90.

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

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A number of institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Societe Generale bought a new position in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. during the second quarter valued at $1,189,000. Concourse Capital Management LLC bought a new position in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. during the second quarter valued at $649,000. BTC Capital Management Inc. bought a new position in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. during the second quarter valued at $277,000. Lucus Advisors LLC bought a new position in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. during the second quarter valued at $342,000. Finally, Strs Ohio boosted its position in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. by 66.7% in the second quarter. Strs Ohio now owns 300,000 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,315,000 after buying an additional 120,000 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 95.71% 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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