Francesca's (FRAN) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Study Shows
Headlines about Francesca's (NASDAQ:FRAN) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern rates the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Francesca's earned a media sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the specialty retailer an impact score of 47.9407177314629 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.
A number of research firms have commented on FRAN. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Francesca's from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research 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 research report on Friday, January 5th. ValuEngine lowered shares of Francesca's from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Sunday, December 31st. B. Riley restated a “hold” rating and issued a $8.00 price target on shares of Francesca's in a research report on Tuesday, December 5th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Francesca's from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 7th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $10.67.
Francesca's (NASDAQ:FRAN) traded up $0.21 during trading hours on Wednesday, reaching $5.69. 238,226 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,554,247. The firm has a market capitalization of $193.20, a price-to-earnings ratio of 7.96, a PEG ratio of 0.68 and a beta of -0.05. Francesca's has a 52-week low of $5.25 and a 52-week high of $19.09.
In related news, CEO Steven Paul Lawrence bought 10,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, January 11th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $5.56 per share, with a total value of $55,600.00. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Insiders own 1.19% of the company’s stock.
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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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