Why Francesca's Holdings (FRAN) Stock Is Down Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Francesca's Holdings (FRAN) stock is trading lower Tuesday after reporting lower-than-expected earnings and sales in its first quarter.

By market open, shares had tumbled 11% to $13.60.

Over the three months to April, the company earned 20 cents a share, 2 cents below what analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters expected. Revenue of $85.4 million missed estimates of $88.1 million, while comparable store sales slumped 7%. 

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TheStreet Ratings team rates FRANCESCAS HOLDINGS CORP as a Hold with a ratings score of C-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate FRANCESCAS HOLDINGS CORP (FRAN) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed -- some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself."

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