Shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:FRAN) shot up 5.6% during trading on Friday . The company traded as high as $13.28 and last traded at $13.28, with a volume of 648,264 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $12.57.

A number of research firms recently commented on FRAN. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, May 24th. Wedbush restated 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 report on Friday, June 10th. Jefferies Group restated a “hold” rating on shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. in a research report on Friday, June 10th. Nomura reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $13.00 target price on shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. in a report on Wednesday, July 6th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. lowered their target price on Francesca’s Holdings Corp. from $16.00 to $14.00 and set a “hold” rating for the company in a report on Friday, June 10th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $14.83.

The stock’s 50 day moving average is $11.85 and its 200 day moving average is $15.11. The stock has a market capitalization of $530.06 million and a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.43.

Francesca’s Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:FRAN) last released its earnings results on Thursday, June 9th. The company reported $0.18 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.17 by $0.01. The firm earned $106.10 million during the quarter. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.17 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 11.7% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts predict that Francesca’s Holdings Corp. will post $0.87 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In related news, insider Laurie Hummel purchased 9,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, June 24th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $10.46 per share, with a total value of $99,370.00. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, CEO Richard W. Kunes purchased 20,000 shares of the firm’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 of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $211,200. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here.

A number of large investors recently bought and sold shares of FRAN. 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 period. 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. Finally, California State Teachers Retirement System increased its stake in 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 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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