Francesca’s Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:FRAN) shares dropped 1.8% on Wednesday . The company traded as low as $11.96 and last traded at $12.26, with a volume of 413,875 shares. The stock had previously closed at $12.49.

FRAN has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. Jefferies Group reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. in a research note on Friday, June 10th. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. reduced their price target on Francesca’s Holdings Corp. from $16.00 to $14.00 and set a “hold” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, June 10th. Wedbush lowered Francesca’s Holdings Corp. from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 17th. Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. in a research note on Tuesday, May 17th. Finally, Cowen and Company lowered Francesca’s Holdings Corp. from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 17th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $14.83.

The company has a market capitalization of $521.63 million and a PE ratio of 14.20. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $11.78 and its 200 day moving average is $15.12.

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

In other Francesca’s Holdings Corp. news, CEO Richard W. Kunes bought 20,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, June 13th. The stock was bought at an average price of $10.56 per share, with a total value of $211,200.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the chief executive officer now directly owns 20,000 shares in the company, valued at $211,200. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, insider Laurie Hummel bought 9,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, June 24th. The shares were acquired 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.

A number of large investors have bought and sold shares of FRAN. California State Teachers Retirement System boosted 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 period. GSA Capital Partners LLP boosted 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 period. Finally, Paradigm Capital Management Inc. NY boosted 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.

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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