Jane Street Group LLC Purchases Shares of 10,489 Francesca’s Holdings Corporation (FRAN)

Jane Street Group LLC purchased a new position in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:FRAN) during the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm purchased 10,489 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock, valued at approximately $161,000.

Several other hedge funds also recently modified their holdings of the stock. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System raised its stake in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation by 1.3% in the first quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System now owns 15,400 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $236,000 after buying an additional 200 shares in the last quarter. Arizona State Retirement System raised its stake in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation by 1.0% in the first quarter. Arizona State Retirement System now owns 19,725 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $303,000 after buying an additional 200 shares in the last quarter. Chicago Equity Partners LLC raised its stake in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation by 1.5% in the first quarter. Chicago Equity Partners LLC now owns 25,150 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $386,000 after buying an additional 360 shares in the last quarter. Mason Street Advisors LLC raised its stake in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation by 6.6% in the first quarter. Mason Street Advisors LLC now owns 8,835 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $136,000 after buying an additional 549 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans raised its stake in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation by 3.4% in the fourth quarter. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans now owns 20,400 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $368,000 after buying an additional 670 shares in the last quarter.

Shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ FRAN) traded down 7.91% during midday trading on Friday, reaching $9.32. 2,229,437 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. The firm has a market cap of $345.99 million, a PE ratio of 8.97 and a beta of 0.19. Francesca’s Holdings Corporation has a 52-week low of $9.11 and a 52-week high of $22.39. The company has a 50 day moving average of $10.87 and a 200 day moving average of $14.89.

Francesca’s Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:FRAN) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, June 6th. The specialty retailer reported $0.12 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.14 by $0.02. Francesca’s Holdings Corporation had a net margin of 8.03% and a return on equity of 36.12%. The business had revenue of $107.70 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $113.15 million. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.18 earnings per share. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 1.5% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts predict that Francesca’s Holdings Corporation will post $1.07 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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FRAN has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. ValuEngine cut shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, June 22nd. Jefferies Group LLC reissued a “hold” rating and set a $11.00 price target on shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation in a research report on Friday, July 14th. FBR & Co raised shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and set a $14.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, May 31st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, June 7th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $16.38.

About Francesca’s Holdings Corporation

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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