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

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Francescas Holdings ( FRAN) pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Specialty Retail laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Francescas Holdings fell $0.82 (-3.1%) to $25.20 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,858,540 shares of Francescas Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,273,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $25.10-$26.10 after having opened the day at $26.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.02. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that declined today were: Dover Saddlery ( DOVR), down 6.0%, DGSE Companies ( DGSE), down 5.2%, Hastings Entertainment ( HAST), down 3.3% and Trans World Entertainment ( TWMC), down 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. Shares are up 6.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 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 positive front, Lithia Motors ( LAD), up 4.3%, Sothebys ( BID), up 4.2%, Titan Machinery ( TITN), up 2.5% and Mecox Lane ( MCOX), up 2.5% , were all gainers within the specialty retail industry with CarMax ( KMX) being today's featured specialty retail industry leader.

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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