ValuEngine upgraded shares of Francesca’s (NASDAQ:FRAN) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report released on Thursday.

A number of other equities analysts have also commented on the stock. B. Riley lowered shares of Francesca’s from a buy rating to a neutral rating and cut their price objective for the stock from $9.00 to $4.00 in a report on Wednesday. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Francesca’s from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Thursday, September 6th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Francesca’s from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report on Thursday, August 16th. Finally, TheStreet upgraded shares of Francesca’s from a d+ rating to a c- rating in a report on Friday, June 1st. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $5.67.

Shares of FRAN stock opened at $3.75 on Thursday. Francesca’s has a 12 month low of $3.53 and a 12 month high of $8.48. The firm has a market capitalization of $133.81 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 7.21 and a beta of 0.04.

Francesca’s (NASDAQ:FRAN) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, September 11th. The specialty retailer reported $0.01 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.04 by ($0.03). Francesca’s had a return on equity of 3.35% and a net margin of 0.12%. The firm had revenue of $113.00 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $120.77 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.20 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was down 5.6% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts expect that Francesca’s will post 0.15 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Bank of New York Mellon Corp increased its position in shares of Francesca’s by 3.2% in the 2nd quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 507,260 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $3,830,000 after purchasing an additional 15,946 shares during the last quarter. Mutual Advisors LLC increased its position in shares of Francesca’s by 24.3% in the 2nd quarter. Mutual Advisors LLC now owns 185,890 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $1,403,000 after purchasing an additional 36,390 shares during the last quarter. Putnam Investments LLC increased its position in shares of Francesca’s by 26.2% in the 2nd quarter. Putnam Investments LLC now owns 370,028 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $2,794,000 after purchasing an additional 76,900 shares during the last quarter. Millennium Management LLC increased its position in shares of Francesca’s by 478.6% in the 2nd quarter. Millennium Management LLC now owns 183,181 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $1,383,000 after purchasing an additional 151,521 shares during the last quarter. Finally, MetLife Investment Advisors LLC bought a new stake in shares of Francesca’s in the 2nd quarter worth about $133,000. 98.40% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Francesca’s Company Profile

Francesca's Holdings Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates a chain of retail boutiques. It offers fashion apparel, jewelry, accessories, and gifts primarily for women between the ages of 18 and 35. The company's apparel products comprise dresses, fashion tops, sweaters, cardigans and wraps, bottoms, outerwear and jackets, tees and tanks, and intimates; and jewelry includes necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings.

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