Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:FRAN) from a hold rating to a strong sell rating in a report published 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. “

Other equities research analysts have also recently issued research reports about the company. ValuEngine cut Francesca’s Holdings Corporation from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a research note on Friday, June 2nd. SunTrust Banks, Inc. cut their price target on Francesca’s Holdings Corporation from $15.00 to $10.00 and set a buy rating on the stock in a report on Tuesday. Jefferies Group LLC set a $9.00 price target on Francesca’s Holdings Corporation and gave the stock a hold rating in a report on Monday. FBR & Co set a $10.00 price target on Francesca’s Holdings Corporation and gave the stock a hold rating in a report on Tuesday, August 15th. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded Francesca’s Holdings Corporation from a strong sell rating to a sell rating in a report on Monday, July 31st. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $14.63.

Francesca’s Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:FRAN) traded up 4.12% during mid-day trading on Tuesday, reaching $7.84. 460,466 shares of the company traded hands. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $9.12 and a 200-day moving average price of $13.29. The company has a market capitalization of $291.04 million, a P/E ratio of 7.55 and a beta of 0.17. Francesca’s Holdings Corporation has a 52-week low of $6.71 and a 52-week high of $22.39.

Francesca’s Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:FRAN) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, June 6th. The specialty retailer reported $0.12 EPS for the quarter, missing the 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 business had revenue of $107.70 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $113.15 million. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.18 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.5% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts expect that Francesca’s Holdings Corporation will post $0.99 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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Several institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Koch Industries Inc. bought a new position in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation during the second quarter valued at $110,000. 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. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan boosted its position in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation by 57.3% in the second quarter. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan now owns 13,670 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $149,000 after buying an additional 4,980 shares during the period. SG Americas Securities LLC bought a new position in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation during the second quarter valued at $151,000. Finally, Jane Street Group LLC bought a new position in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation during the first quarter valued at $161,000.

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.

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