Francesca’s Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:FRAN)’s share price traded up 5.3% during trading on Wednesday . The stock traded as high as $6.90 and last traded at $6.79. 1,280,902 shares changed hands during trading, an increase of 22% from the average session volume of 1,050,133 shares. The stock had previously closed at $6.45.

Several equities analysts have recently commented on the stock. TheStreet cut shares of Francesca’s from a “c” rating to a “d+” rating in a research report on Tuesday, December 5th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Francesca’s from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, December 7th. B. Riley reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $8.00 price target on shares of Francesca’s in a research report on Tuesday, December 5th. FBR & Co reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and set a $8.00 price target (down previously from $10.00) on shares of Francesca’s in a research report on Wednesday, September 6th. Finally, ValuEngine cut shares of Francesca’s from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, September 1st. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $11.33.

The company has a market capitalization of $245.66, a price-to-earnings ratio of 9.43, a PEG ratio of 0.79 and a beta of 0.23.

Francesca’s (NASDAQ:FRAN) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, December 5th. The specialty retailer reported $0.01 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.04 by ($0.03). Francesca’s had a return on equity of 23.19% and a net margin of 5.52%. The business had revenue of $105.80 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $106.02 million. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.23 EPS. The business’s revenue was down 11.5% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts predict that Francesca’s Holdings Corporation will post 0.68 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the business. Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its holdings in Francesca’s by 11.5% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 3,900,598 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $42,673,000 after acquiring an additional 402,270 shares during the last quarter. Daruma Capital Management LLC increased its stake in shares of Francesca’s by 2.7% in the second quarter. Daruma Capital Management LLC now owns 3,253,125 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $35,589,000 after purchasing an additional 86,734 shares during the period. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its stake in shares of Francesca’s by 6.8% in the second quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 2,181,920 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $23,871,000 after purchasing an additional 138,799 shares during the period. Paradigm Capital Management Inc. NY increased its stake in shares of Francesca’s by 152.8% in the third quarter. Paradigm Capital Management Inc. NY now owns 1,935,300 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $14,244,000 after purchasing an additional 1,169,786 shares during the period. Finally, Renaissance Technologies LLC increased its stake in shares of Francesca’s 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 purchasing an additional 519,206 shares during the period.

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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 www.francescas.com, its e-commerce Website.

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