Francesca’s Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:FRAN)’s share price was down 6.1% during trading on Thursday . The stock traded as low as $0.74 and last traded at $0.77. Approximately 1,364,394 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, a decline of 65% from the average daily volume of 3,843,942 shares. The stock had previously closed at $0.82.

Several equities analysts have recently commented on FRAN shares. B. Riley reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and issued a $2.50 price target (down previously from $3.50) on shares of Francesca’s in a research note on Tuesday, November 27th. Zacks Investment Research raised Francesca’s from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 13th. ValuEngine lowered Francesca’s from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, October 19th. Finally, TheStreet lowered Francesca’s from a “c-” rating to a “d” rating in a research note on Wednesday, December 12th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $3.50.

The firm has a market cap of $29.68 million, a PE ratio of 1.80 and a beta of 1.08.

Francesca’s (NASDAQ:FRAN) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, December 11th. The specialty retailer reported ($0.17) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.18) by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $95.40 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $95.10 million. Francesca’s had a negative return on equity of 2.36% and a negative net margin of 3.56%. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 9.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.01 EPS. As a group, research analysts expect that Francesca’s Holdings Corp will post -0.38 earnings per share for the current year.

Hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Royce & Associates LP raised its holdings in shares of Francesca’s by 34.3% in the 3rd quarter. Royce & Associates LP now owns 1,743,173 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $6,467,000 after buying an additional 444,800 shares during the period. D.C. Capital Advisors Ltd increased its holdings in Francesca’s by 25.0% during the 3rd quarter. D.C. Capital Advisors Ltd now owns 400,000 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $1,484,000 after purchasing an additional 80,000 shares during the period. Dynamic Technology Lab Private Ltd purchased a new stake in Francesca’s during the 3rd quarter worth about $270,000. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in Francesca’s during the 2nd quarter worth about $133,000. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its holdings in Francesca’s by 17.3% during the 2nd quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 2,546,826 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $19,229,000 after purchasing an additional 375,919 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 98.37% of the company’s stock.

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Francesca’s Company Profile (NASDAQ:FRAN)

Francesca's Holdings Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates a chain of retail boutiques. It offers fashion apparel, jewelry, accessories, and gifts primarily for women between the ages of 18 and 35. The company's apparel products comprise dresses, fashion tops, sweaters, cardigans and wraps, bottoms, outerwear and jackets, tees and tanks, and intimates; and jewelry includes necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings.

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