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Francesca's ( FRAN) operates a national chain of retail boutiques designed and merchandised. Its Francesca's collections are a specialty retailer in the United States. This stock is trading up 1.4% at $34.76 in recent trading.

Today's Volume: 1.1 million

Average Volume: 806,862

Volume % Change: 165%

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From a technical perspective, FRAN is moving notably higher here with above average volume, and it's started to enter breakout territory above some past overhead resistance at $33.93. This move is coming after FRAN soared on Friday from $31 to over $34 on monster volume.

Traders should continue to look for long-biased traders in FRAN as long as it's trending above $34 to $33 with strong upside volume flows. I would consider any upside volume day that registers near or above 806,862 shares as bullish. If we continue to see FRAN hold that trend, then this stock has a great chance of hitting $40 in the near future. The probability of hitting $40 will increase once it takes out today's intraday high of $36.11 with high volume.

On the flipside, I would avoid FRAN or look for short-biased trades if it moves back below $32.75 to 32.50 with heavy volume. That would mean the breakout has failed and FRAN could retrace some of its recent gains.

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-- Written by Roberto Pedone in Winderemere, Fla.


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At the time of publication, author had no positions in stocks mentioned.

Roberto Pedone, based out of Windermere, Fla., is an independent trader who focuses on stocks, options, futures, commodities and currencies. He is also an outside contributor to and maintains the website, which he sold to Blue Wave Advisors in 2008. Roberto studied International Business at The Milwaukee School of Engineering, and he spent a year overseas studying business in Lubeck, Germany.

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