Shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:FRAN) fell 1.8% during mid-day trading on Wednesday . The stock traded as low as $11.96 and last traded at $12.26, with a volume of 413,875 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $12.49.

Several brokerages have recently issued reports on FRAN. Wolfe Research upgraded shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. from a “peer perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $20.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, April 13th. Cowen and Company lowered shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, May 17th. Mizuho dropped their target price on shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. from $19.00 to $11.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, May 17th. William Blair lowered shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, May 17th. Finally, Wedbush lowered shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Tuesday, May 17th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Francesca’s Holdings Corp. currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $14.83.

The company has a 50-day moving average price of $11.73 and a 200 day moving average price of $15.14. The stock has a market cap of $494.32 million and a P/E ratio of 13.45.

Francesca’s Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:FRAN) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, June 9th. The company reported $0.18 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.17 by $0.01. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.17 EPS. The company earned $106.10 million during the quarter. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 11.7% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts predict 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 business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, June 13th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $10.56 per share, for a total transaction of $211,200.00. Following the acquisition, the chief executive officer now directly owns 20,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $211,200. The transaction 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 business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, June 24th. The stock was bought at an average price of $10.46 per share, with a total value of $99,370.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here.

Other large investors have modified their holdings of the company. GSA Capital Partners LLP boosted 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 worth $1,566,000 after buying an additional 30,421 shares during the last quarter. Paradigm Capital Management Inc. NY boosted 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 worth $12,420,000 after buying an additional 8,066 shares during the last quarter. Finally, California State Teachers Retirement System boosted 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 worth $1,366,000 after buying an additional 1,478 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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