ValuEngine lowered shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:FRAN) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report report published on Friday morning.

Several other brokerages have also recently commented on FRAN. Jefferies Group LLC reissued a hold rating and set a $11.00 target price on shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation in a report on Friday, July 14th. BidaskClub raised Francesca’s Holdings Corporation from a strong sell rating to a sell rating in a report on Monday, July 31st. Zacks Investment Research cut Francesca’s Holdings Corporation from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report on Wednesday, June 7th. KeyCorp reissued a hold rating on shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation in a report on Friday, August 25th. Finally, FBR & Co raised Francesca’s Holdings Corporation from an underperform rating to a market perform rating and set a $14.00 target price on the stock in a report on Wednesday, May 31st. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $14.63.

Shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation (FRAN) traded up 5.51% during trading on Friday, hitting $7.66. The stock had a trading volume of 1,055,401 shares. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $8.68 and its 200-day moving average is $12.84. The firm has a market cap of $284.36 million, a P/E ratio of 7.37 and a beta of 0.18. Francesca’s Holdings Corporation has a one year low of $6.70 and a one year high of $22.39.

Francesca’s Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:FRAN) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, June 6th. The specialty retailer reported $0.12 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ 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 quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.18 earnings per share. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 1.5% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts forecast that Francesca’s Holdings Corporation will post $0.99 EPS for the current year.

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Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of FRAN. Renaissance Technologies LLC increased its holdings in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation by 54.7% in the second quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 1,467,706 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $16,057,000 after buying an additional 519,206 shares in the last quarter. Boston Partners bought a new position in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation in the second quarter valued at $4,979,000. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its holdings in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation by 11.5% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 3,900,598 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $42,673,000 after buying an additional 402,270 shares in the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its holdings in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation by 24.3% in the first quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 2,043,121 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $31,364,000 after buying an additional 398,888 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Schroder Investment Management Group increased its holdings in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation by 8,143.2% in the second quarter. Schroder Investment Management Group now owns 362,700 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $4,055,000 after buying an additional 358,300 shares in the last quarter.

About Francesca’s Holdings Corporation

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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