Francesca's Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:FRAN) – SunTrust Banks decreased their Q1 2018 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for shares of Francesca's Holdings Corp in a research note issued to investors on Tuesday. SunTrust Banks analyst P. Quintiliano now forecasts that the specialty retailer will post earnings per share of $0.13 for the quarter, down from their previous forecast of $0.16. SunTrust Banks also issued estimates for Francesca's Holdings Corp’s FY2018 earnings at $1.17 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $1.30 EPS.

Other research analysts have also recently issued research reports about the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Francesca's Holdings Corp from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $18.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Wednesday, March 22nd. Wedbush dropped their price objective on shares of 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. Mizuho dropped their price objective on shares of 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. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Francesca's Holdings Corp from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, May 18th. Finally, FBR & Co reiterated 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. One 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 stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $16.78.

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Francesca's Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:FRAN) opened at 13.12 on Wednesday. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $15.03 and its 200-day moving average price is $16.93. Francesca's Holdings Corp has a 52 week low of $9.75 and a 52 week high of $22.39. The company has a market capitalization of $492.54 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.04 and a beta of 0.77.

Francesca's Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:FRAN) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, March 21st. The specialty retailer reported $0.39 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.37 by $0.02. The firm had revenue of $146.30 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $145.77 million. Francesca's Holdings Corp had a return on equity of 37.74% and a net margin of 8.84%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 8.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the company posted $0.35 EPS.

Several hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of FRAN. Chicago Equity Partners LLC purchased a new position in shares of Francesca's Holdings Corp during the third quarter valued at about $286,000. Capital Fund Management S.A. purchased a new position in shares of Francesca's Holdings Corp during the third quarter valued at about $680,000. Advisors Preferred LLC purchased a new position in shares of Francesca's Holdings Corp during the third quarter valued at about $321,000. BlackRock Fund Advisors raised its position in shares of Francesca's Holdings Corp by 1.0% in the third quarter. BlackRock Fund Advisors now owns 2,674,130 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $41,262,000 after buying an additional 26,846 shares during the period. Finally, Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan raised its position in shares of Francesca's Holdings Corp by 0.9% in the third quarter. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan now owns 12,560 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $194,000 after buying an additional 110 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 97.73% of the company’s stock.

In other Francesca's Holdings Corp news, insider Khalid Mir Malik sold 110,692 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, March 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $15.95, for a total transaction of $1,765,537.40. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 66,781 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,065,156.95. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Insiders own 1.13% of the company’s stock.

About Francesca's Holdings Corp

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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