Trexquant Investment LP acquired a new position in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:FRAN) during the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund acquired 131,749 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock, valued at approximately $2,022,000. Trexquant Investment LP owned 0.35% of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation as of its most recent SEC filing.

Several other large investors have also made changes to their positions in FRAN. Hartford Investment Management Co. purchased a new stake in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation during the third quarter valued at $156,000. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation during the first quarter valued at $173,000. Karp Capital Management Corp purchased a new stake in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation during the first quarter valued at $191,000. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan boosted its stake in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation by 0.9% in the third quarter. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan now owns 12,560 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $194,000 after buying an additional 110 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Wedge Capital Management L L P NC boosted its stake in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation by 13.9% in the first quarter. Wedge Capital Management L L P NC now owns 14,306 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $220,000 after buying an additional 1,745 shares during the last quarter.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Francesca`s Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:FRAN)

Shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation (FRAN) opened at 11.18 on Monday. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $13.44 and its 200-day moving average is $16.33. Francesca’s Holdings Corporation has a 1-year low of $9.99 and a 1-year high of $22.39. The company has a market capitalization of $415.04 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 10.76 and a beta of 0.27.

Francesca’s Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:FRAN) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, June 6th. The specialty retailer reported $0.12 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.14 by $0.02. Francesca’s Holdings Corporation had a return on equity of 36.12% and a net margin of 8.03%. The firm had revenue of $107.70 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $113.15 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.18 earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.5% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts forecast that Francesca’s Holdings Corporation will post $1.07 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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Several brokerages have weighed in on FRAN. ValuEngine raised shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, May 18th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $18.00 price objective for the company in a report on Wednesday, March 22nd. FBR & Co upgraded shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and set a $14.00 price objective for the company in a report on Wednesday, May 31st. Wedbush decreased their price objective on shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation from $20.00 to $16.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a report on Tuesday, March 21st. Finally, Mizuho decreased their price objective on shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation from $18.00 to $17.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a report on Tuesday, March 21st. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Francesca’s Holdings Corporation presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $17.13.

In other news, insider Khalid Mir Malik sold 110,692 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, March 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $15.95, for a total transaction of $1,765,537.40. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 66,781 shares in the company, valued at $1,065,156.95. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Corporate insiders own 1.19% of the company’s stock.

Francesca’s Holdings Corporation Company Profile

Francesca’s Holdings Corporation is a holding company. The Company is a specialty retailer, which operates a chain of boutiques across the United States. The Company offers a mix of apparel, jewelry, accessories and gifts. As of January 28, 2017, the Company operated 671 boutiques in 48 states and the District of Columbia, and also served its customers through www.francescas.com, its e-commerce Website.

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