Francesca’s (FRAN) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Analysis Shows

News stories about Francesca’s (NASDAQ:FRAN) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Francesca’s earned a media sentiment score of 0.00 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the specialty retailer an impact score of 48.6171682472903 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Shares of Francesca’s (FRAN) traded up $0.27 during midday trading on Tuesday, hitting $7.35. 1,367,000 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,060,952. The company has a market cap of $256.15, a price-to-earnings ratio of 9.83, a PEG ratio of 0.83 and a beta of 0.23. Francesca’s has a one year low of $6.04 and a one year high of $21.05.

Francesca’s (NASDAQ:FRAN) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, December 5th. The specialty retailer reported $0.01 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.04 by ($0.03). The business had revenue of $105.80 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $106.02 million. Francesca’s had a net margin of 5.52% and a return on equity of 23.19%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 11.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.23 EPS. analysts predict that Francesca’s will post 0.68 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

FRAN has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Francesca’s from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, November 7th. ValuEngine lowered shares of Francesca’s from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, September 1st. KeyCorp reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Francesca’s in a report on Friday, August 25th. FBR & Co reissued a “neutral” rating and set a $8.00 price objective (down previously from $10.00) on shares of Francesca’s in a report on Wednesday, September 6th. Finally, SunTrust Banks reduced their target price on shares of Francesca’s from $15.00 to $10.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, August 22nd. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the stock. Francesca’s currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $11.33.

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About Francesca’s

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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