Shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:FRAN) rose 2.2% on Monday . The company traded as high as $12.48 and last traded at $12.39, with a volume of 220,438 shares. The stock had previously closed at $12.12.

FRAN has been the subject of a number of research reports. Mizuho restated a “hold” rating and set a $17.00 target price on shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. in a report on Wednesday, March 23rd. Guggenheim raised shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $22.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Thursday, March 24th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. FBR & Co reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $19.00 price objective on shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. in a research note on Thursday, March 24th. Macquarie raised their price objective on shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. from $13.00 to $16.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 24th. Finally, SunTrust Banks Inc. raised their price objective on shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. from $21.00 to $22.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, March 25th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $15.00.

The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $11.08 and a 200-day moving average price of $15.53. The company has a market capitalization of $493.12 million and a P/E ratio of 13.42.

Francesca’s Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:FRAN) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, June 9th. The company reported $0.18 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.17 by $0.01. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $0.17 earnings per share. The company earned $106.10 million during the quarter. The company’s revenue was up 11.7% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts expect that Francesca’s Holdings Corp. will post $0.88 earnings per share for the current year.

In related news, CEO Richard W. Kunes bought 20,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, June 13th. The stock was bought 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 is available at this hyperlink. Also, insider Laurie Hummel bought 9,500 shares of the company’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.

Other institutional investors recently made changes to their positions in the company. California State Teachers Retirement System increased its position in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. by 1.9% in the fourth quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System now owns 78,466 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,366,000 after buying an additional 1,478 shares in 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 worth $1,566,000 after buying an additional 30,421 shares during the period. 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 worth $2,179,000 after buying an additional 11,956 shares during the period. 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 worth $12,420,000 after buying an additional 8,066 shares during the period. Finally, 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 worth $21,695,000 after buying an additional 128,581 shares during the period.

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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