Dimensional Fund Advisors LP Increases Position in Francesca’s Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:FRAN)

Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its stake in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:FRAN) by 24.3% during the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 2,043,121 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock after buying an additional 398,888 shares during the period. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP owned about 5.44% of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation worth $31,364,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Other institutional investors have also added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation by 3.5% in the first quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 3,498,328 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $53,700,000 after buying an additional 119,693 shares during the last quarter. Norges Bank bought a new stake in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation during the fourth quarter worth about $14,982,000. Teachers Advisors LLC boosted its stake in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation by 19.0% in the first quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 721,054 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $11,068,000 after buying an additional 115,193 shares during the last quarter. Paradigm Capital Management Inc. NY boosted its stake in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation by 45.9% in the first quarter. Paradigm Capital Management Inc. NY now owns 711,200 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $10,917,000 after buying an additional 223,700 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Bank of New York Mellon Corp boosted its stake in shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation by 12.5% in the first quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 552,256 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $8,477,000 after buying an additional 61,189 shares during the last quarter.

Francesca’s Holdings Corporation (FRAN) opened at 7.98 on Friday. The company has a market cap of $296.24 million, a PE ratio of 7.68 and a beta of 0.17. Francesca’s Holdings Corporation has a 12-month low of $7.78 and a 12-month high of $22.39. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $9.49 and a 200 day moving average price of $13.58.

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

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FRAN has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. BidaskClub lowered Francesca’s Holdings Corporation from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Thursday. FBR & Co set a $10.00 price target on Francesca’s Holdings Corporation and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Francesca’s Holdings Corporation from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 8th. Jefferies Group LLC restated a “hold” rating and issued a $11.00 target price on shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation in a research note on Friday, July 14th. Finally, ValuEngine lowered Francesca’s Holdings Corporation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, June 22nd. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $15.88.

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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