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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Francescas Holdings ( FRAN) as a strong on high relative volume candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Francescas Holdings as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • FRAN has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $30.2 million.
  • FRAN has traded 600,120 shares today.
  • FRAN is trading at 8.03 times the normal volume for the stock at this time of day.
  • FRAN is trading at a new high 3.04% above yesterday's close.

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More details on FRAN:

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 for women between the ages of 18 and 35. FRAN has a PE ratio of 16.8. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Francescas Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Francescas Holdings has been 1.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Francescas has a market cap of $638.3 million and is part of the services sector and retail industry. The stock has a beta of 1.98 and a short float of 25.9% with 3.75 days to cover. Shares are down 18.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Francescas Holdings as a hold. 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 good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 8.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 8.7%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • FRAN's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.05 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, FRAN has a quick ratio of 1.70, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 49.92% is the gross profit margin for FRANCESCAS HOLDINGS CORP which we consider to be strong. Regardless of FRAN's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, FRAN's net profit margin of 10.59% compares favorably to the industry average.
  • FRANCESCAS HOLDINGS CORP's earnings per share declined by 27.3% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. Earnings per share have declined over the last year. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, FRANCESCAS HOLDINGS CORP reported lower earnings of $1.02 versus $1.05 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 9.8% in earnings ($0.92 versus $1.02).
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Specialty Retail industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 29.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $14.62 million to $10.31 million.

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