Francesca’s Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:FRAN) had its price target upped by stock analysts at Jefferies Group from $13.00 to $15.00 in a research note issued on Wednesday. The firm presently has a “hold” rating on the stock. Jefferies Group’s price target would suggest a potential downside of 1.25% from the stock’s current price.

FRAN has been the subject of several other reports. SunTrust Banks Inc. raised their price objective on shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. from $16.00 to $18.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, September 8th. Wedbush raised their price objective on shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. from $14.00 to $16.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Thursday, September 8th. Nomura raised their price objective on shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. from $14.00 to $16.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, September 8th. FBR & Co raised their price objective on shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. from $12.00 to $14.00 and gave the stock a “mkt perform” rating in a report on Thursday, September 8th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus restated a “hold” rating and issued a $16.00 price objective (up from $14.00) on shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. in a report on Thursday, September 8th. Eight equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $16.38.

Francesca’s Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:FRAN) opened at 15.19 on Wednesday. The stock has a market cap of $575.99 million, a P/E ratio of 15.69 and a beta of 1.23. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $14.25 and a 200-day moving average price of $14.27. Francesca’s Holdings Corp. has a 52 week low of $9.75 and a 52 week high of $19.90.

Francesca’s Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:FRAN) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, September 7th. The company reported $0.27 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.18 by $0.09. The company earned $115.30 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $109.16 million. Francesca’s Holdings Corp. had a net margin of 8.54% and a return on equity of 33.84%. Francesca’s Holdings Corp.’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $0.22 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Francesca’s Holdings Corp. will post $1.00 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Renaissance Technologies LLC boosted its position in Francesca’s Holdings Corp. by 18.1% in the first quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 1,516,500 shares of the company’s stock worth $29,056,000 after buying an additional 232,500 shares during the period. TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC boosted its position in Francesca’s Holdings Corp. by 2.8% in the first quarter. TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC now owns 165,120 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,164,000 after buying an additional 4,429 shares during the period. Allen Investment Management LLC boosted its position in Francesca’s Holdings Corp. by 0.7% in the first quarter. Allen Investment Management LLC now owns 81,147 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,555,000 after buying an additional 604 shares during the period. Fox Run Management L.L.C. purchased a new position in Francesca’s Holdings Corp. during the second quarter worth $119,000. Finally, Norges Bank purchased a new position in Francesca’s Holdings Corp. during the fourth quarter worth $11,908,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 96.01% of the company’s stock.

About Francesca’s Holdings Corp.

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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