Francesca’s Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:FRAN)’s share price shot up 1.6% during trading on Monday . The company traded as high as $12.52 and last traded at $12.41, with a volume of 151,608 shares. The stock had previously closed at $12.21.

A number of brokerages recently commented on FRAN. Nomura reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $13.00 price objective on shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. in a research note on Wednesday, July 6th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 24th. Jefferies Group reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. in a research note on Friday, June 10th. Wedbush reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $10.00 price objective (down previously from $12.00) on shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. in a research note on Friday, June 10th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. reduced their price objective on shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. from $16.00 to $14.00 and set a “hold” rating for the company in a research note on Friday, June 10th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $15.00.

The company’s 50 day moving average is $11.35 and its 200-day moving average is $15.33. The firm has a market cap of $506.37 million and a P/E ratio of 13.78.

Francesca’s Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:FRAN) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, June 9th. The company reported $0.18 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.17 by $0.01. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.17 earnings per share. The business earned $106.10 million during the quarter. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 11.7% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Francesca’s Holdings Corp. will post $0.87 EPS for the current year.

In other news, insider Laurie Hummel acquired 9,500 shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. stock in a transaction dated Friday, June 24th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $10.46 per share, for a total transaction of $99,370.00. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, CEO Richard W. Kunes acquired 20,000 shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. stock in a transaction dated Monday, June 13th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $10.56 per share, for a total transaction of $211,200.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the chief executive officer now directly owns 20,000 shares in the company, valued at approximately $211,200. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here.

A number of large investors recently made changes to their positions in FRAN. California State Teachers Retirement System raised its stake 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 valued at $1,366,000 after buying an additional 1,478 shares in the last quarter. Sei Investments Co. raised its stake in shares of 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 in the last quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP raised its stake in shares of 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 in the last quarter. Finally, Paradigm Capital Management Inc. NY raised its stake in shares of 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 in 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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