Francesca's Holdings Corp (FRAN) Receiving Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Study Finds

Media stories about Francesca's Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:FRAN) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Alpha One Sentiment Analysis. The research firm, a unit of Accern, scores the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Alpha One ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Francesca's Holdings Corp earned a news sentiment score of 0.05 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also assigned media stories about the specialty retailer an impact score of 91 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is extremely likely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

A number of equities research analysts recently commented on FRAN shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered Francesca's Holdings Corp from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, March 2nd. Mizuho lowered their price target on Francesca's Holdings Corp from $18.00 to $17.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research report on Tuesday, March 21st. FBR & Co reaffirmed an “underperform” rating and set a $14.00 target price on shares of Francesca's Holdings Corp in a research report on Tuesday, March 21st. Wedbush decreased their target price on Francesca's Holdings Corp from $20.00 to $16.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research report on Tuesday, March 21st. Finally, ValuEngine raised Francesca's Holdings Corp from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Thursday. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating, four have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Francesca's Holdings Corp has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $16.78.

Shares of Francesca's Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:FRAN) opened at 13.31 on Friday. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $15.12 and a 200 day moving average price of $16.94. The stock has a market cap of $499.67 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.21 and a beta of 0.77. Francesca's Holdings Corp has a one year low of $9.75 and a one year high of $22.39.

Francesca's Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:FRAN) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, March 21st. The specialty retailer reported $0.39 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.37 by $0.02. Francesca's Holdings Corp had a return on equity of 37.74% and a net margin of 8.84%. The firm had revenue of $146.30 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $145.77 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.35 EPS. Francesca's Holdings Corp’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.7% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts expect that Francesca's Holdings Corp will post $1.15 earnings per share for the current year.

In related news, insider Khalid Mir Malik sold 110,692 shares of Francesca's Holdings Corp stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, March 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $15.95, for a total value of $1,765,537.40. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 66,781 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,065,156.95. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. 1.13% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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Francesca's Holdings Corp Company Profile

Francesca’s Holdings Corporation is a holding company. The Company is a specialty retailer, which operates a chain of boutiques across the United States. The Company offers a mix of apparel, jewelry, accessories and gifts. As of January 28, 2017, the Company operated 671 boutiques in 48 states and the District of Columbia, and also served its customers through www.francescas.com, its e-commerce Website.

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