News coverage about Francesca's (NASDAQ:FRAN) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Francesca's earned a coverage optimism score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the specialty retailer an impact score of 46.6742930267534 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Shares of Francesca's (FRAN) traded down $0.04 during trading on Wednesday, reaching $5.11. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 304,309 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,290,673. The stock has a market capitalization of $187.41, a price-to-earnings ratio of 7.10, a P/E/G ratio of 0.67 and a beta of 0.04. Francesca's has a fifty-two week low of $4.84 and a fifty-two week high of $17.35.

Several analysts recently weighed in on FRAN shares. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Francesca's from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 20th. SunTrust Banks set a $8.00 price target on shares of Francesca's and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, January 5th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Francesca's from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, December 7th. B. Riley reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $8.00 price target on shares of Francesca's in a report on Tuesday, December 5th. Finally, ValuEngine cut shares of Francesca's from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Sunday, December 31st. Seven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. Francesca's presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $10.67.

In other news, CEO Steven Paul Lawrence acquired 10,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, January 11th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $5.56 per share, with a total value of $55,600.00. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Company insiders own 1.19% of the company’s stock.

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About Francesca's

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, its e-commerce Website.

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