Francesca’s Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:FRAN)’s share price shot up 5.7% during mid-day trading on Friday . The company traded as high as $12.09 and last traded at $11.95, with a volume of 497,588 shares. The stock had previously closed at $11.31.

A number of research firms have issued reports on FRAN. Macquarie reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. in a report on Sunday, March 27th. Jefferies Group reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. in a report on Friday, June 10th. Wedbush reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $10.00 target price (down previously from $12.00) on shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. in a report on Friday, June 10th. FBR & Co lowered their target price on Francesca’s Holdings Corp. from $19.00 to $12.00 and set a “market perform” rating for the company in a report on Friday, June 10th. Finally, SunTrust Banks Inc. increased their target price on Francesca’s Holdings Corp. from $21.00 to $22.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, March 25th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the stock. Francesca’s Holdings Corp. presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $15.00.

The stock has a 50 day moving average of $10.70 and a 200 day moving average of $15.79. The company has a market capitalization of $475.85 million and a PE ratio of 12.95.

Francesca’s Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:FRAN) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, June 9th. The company reported $0.18 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.17 by $0.01. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $0.17 earnings per share. The company earned $106.10 million during the quarter. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 11.7% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts anticipate that Francesca’s Holdings Corp. will post $0.87 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In related news, CEO Richard W. Kunes purchased 20,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, June 13th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $10.56 per share, with a total value of $211,200.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the chief executive officer now owns 20,000 shares in the company, valued at approximately $211,200. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, insider Laurie Hummel purchased 9,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, June 24th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $10.46 per share, with a total value of $99,370.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here.

Several large investors have bought and sold shares of FRAN. Columbus Circle Investors acquired a new stake in Francesca’s Holdings Corp. during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $5,809,000. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its stake in Francesca’s Holdings Corp. by 11.5% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,246,094 shares of the company’s stock valued at $21,695,000 after buying an additional 128,581 shares during the last quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP increased its stake in Francesca’s Holdings Corp. by 51.1% in the fourth quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP now owns 89,921 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,566,000 after buying an additional 30,421 shares during the last quarter. Sei Investments Co. increased its stake in Francesca’s Holdings Corp. by 10.6% in the fourth quarter. Sei Investments Co. now owns 125,141 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,179,000 after buying an additional 11,956 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Paradigm Capital Management Inc. NY increased its stake in Francesca’s Holdings Corp. by 1.1% in the fourth quarter. Paradigm Capital Management Inc. NY now owns 713,366 shares of the company’s stock valued at $12,420,000 after buying an additional 8,066 shares during the last quarter.

Francesca’s Holdings Corporation is a holding company, which conducts its business operations through its subsidiaries. The Company is a specialty retailer that operates a nationwide-chain of boutiques. It is engaged in the operation of boutiques and its direct-to-consumer Website segment. The merchandise assortment is a mix of apparel, jewelry, accessories and gifts.

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