Francescas Holdings Corp (FRAN): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Winner

Francescas Holdings ( FRAN) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Francescas Holdings rose $0.68 (2.5%) to $27.79 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,624,601 shares of Francescas Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,306,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $26.77-$27.99 after having opened the day at $26.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.11. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: Birks & Mayors ( BMJ), up 40.4%, Lentuo International ( LAS), up 11.6%, Sport Chalet ( SPCHA), up 6.0% and Finish Line ( FINL), up 3.1%.

Francesca's Holdings Corporation, through its subsidiary, Francesca's Collections, Inc., operates a chain of retail boutiques. The company offers a selection of fashion apparel, jewelry, accessories, and gifts primarily to its female customers. Francescas Holdings has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Francescas Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Francescas Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and premium valuation.

On the negative front, DGSE Companies ( DGSE), down 6.6%, Build-A-Bear Workshop ( BBW), down 6.6%, Perfumania Holdings ( PERF), down 5.5% and Hollywood Media Corporation ( HOLL), down 5.0% , were all laggards within the specialty retail industry with Dick's Sporting Goods ( DKS) being today's specialty retail industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the specialty retail industry could consider SPDR S&P Retail ETF ( XRT) while those bearish on the specialty retail industry could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods ( SZK).

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