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

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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 0.5%. By the end of trading, Francescas Holdings rose $0.33 (1.7%) to $19.74 on light volume. Throughout the day, 995,095 shares of Francescas Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,539,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $19.39-$19.76 after having opened the day at $19.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.41. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: Hastings Entertainment ( HAST), up 33.6%, CSS Industries ( CSS), up 4.1%, 1-800 Flowers.com ( FLWS), up 3.9% and Mecox Lane ( MCOX), up 3.8%.

Francesca's Collections, Inc. operates as a women's fashion retailer in the United States. The company operates a network of retail stores that sell clothing, bags, shoes, jewelry, accessories, and gifts for women. Francescas Holdings has a market cap of $870.3 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 23.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Francescas Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, robust revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Lentuo International ( LAS), down 8.0%, Sport Chalet ( SPCHB), down 3.6%, DGSE Companies ( DGSE), down 2.9% and Vitamin Shoppe ( VSI), down 2.6%.

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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