BidaskClub lowered shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:FRAN) from a sell rating to a strong sell rating in a research report sent to investors on Thursday morning.

A number of other equities research analysts have also recently issued reports on the company. FBR & Co raised Francesca’s Holdings Corporation from an underperform rating to a market perform rating and set a $14.00 target price for the company in a research report on Wednesday, May 31st. ValuEngine cut Francesca’s Holdings Corporation from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a research report on Friday, June 2nd. Jefferies Group LLC reissued a hold rating and issued a $11.00 price objective on shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation in a research report on Friday, July 14th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Francesca’s Holdings Corporation from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 8th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $15.88.

Francesca’s Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:FRAN) opened at 7.98 on Thursday. Francesca’s Holdings Corporation has a 52-week low of $7.78 and a 52-week high of $22.39. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $9.49 and its 200-day moving average is $13.58. The firm has a market capitalization of $296.24 million, a PE ratio of 7.68 and a beta of 0.17.

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

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Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Mason Street Advisors LLC boosted its position in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation by 6.6% in the first quarter. Mason Street Advisors LLC now owns 8,835 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $136,000 after buying an additional 549 shares during the period. Jane Street Group LLC purchased a new position in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation during the first quarter valued at approximately $161,000. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. purchased a new position in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation during the first quarter valued at approximately $173,000. BlueCrest Capital Management Ltd purchased a new position in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation during the first quarter valued at approximately $187,000. Finally, Karp Capital Management Corp purchased a new position in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation during the first quarter valued at approximately $191,000.

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.

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

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