Nielsen NV (NYSE:NLSN)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by stock analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in a research note issued on Thursday.

A number of other research firms have also issued reports on NLSN. Macquarie initiated coverage on shares of Nielsen NV in a report on Thursday, August 25th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $61.00 target price for the company. Cantor Fitzgerald initiated coverage on shares of Nielsen NV in a report on Thursday, September 15th. They set a “hold” rating and a $57.00 target price for the company. SunTrust Banks Inc. initiated coverage on shares of Nielsen NV in a report on Tuesday. They set a “buy” rating and a $50.00 target price for the company. BMO Capital Markets lowered shares of Nielsen NV from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and set a $56.00 target price for the company. in a report on Friday, July 22nd. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $54.00 target price (down previously from $58.00) on shares of Nielsen NV in a report on Tuesday, November 1st. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and twelve have given a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $55.82.

Analyst Recommendations for Nielsen NV (NYSE:NLSN)

Nielsen NV (NYSE:NLSN) traded down 1.88% on Thursday, reaching $43.79. 781,982 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. Nielsen NV has a 12-month low of $42.74 and a 12-month high of $55.94. The stock has a market cap of $15.65 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 26.91 and a beta of 0.85. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $49.24 and a 200 day moving average price of $52.03.

Nielsen NV (NYSE:NLSN) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 25th. The company reported $0.74 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.76 by $0.02. The business had revenue of $1.57 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.59 billion. Nielsen NV had a net margin of 9.46% and a return on equity of 21.50%. The business’s revenue was up 2.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.69 earnings per share. Analysts forecast that Nielsen NV will post $2.76 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, December 6th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, November 22nd will be paid a $0.31 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Friday, November 18th. This represents a $1.24 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.78%. Nielsen NV’s dividend payout ratio is currently 76.54%.

In other news, Vice Chairman Arvin Kash sold 120,196 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, November 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $43.96, for a total transaction of $5,283,816.16. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 47,376 shares in the company, valued at $2,082,648.96. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, SVP Jeffrey Charlton sold 5,574 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $45.72, for a total transaction of $254,843.28. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 18,266 shares in the company, valued at $835,121.52. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 1.20% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Cornerstone Advisors Inc. raised its position in Nielsen NV by 1,036.5% in the third quarter. Cornerstone Advisors Inc. now owns 2,489 shares of the company’s stock valued at $133,000 after buying an additional 2,270 shares during the period. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC increased its stake in Nielsen NV by 72.5% in the third quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC now owns 2,552 shares of the company’s stock worth $137,000 after buying an additional 1,073 shares in the last quarter. Pinkerton Retirement Specialists LLC bought a new stake in Nielsen NV during the second quarter worth about $141,000. Advisor Group Inc. bought a new stake in Nielsen NV during the second quarter worth about $151,000. Finally, Creative Planning increased its stake in Nielsen NV by 300.3% in the second quarter. Creative Planning now owns 3,082 shares of the company’s stock worth $160,000 after buying an additional 2,312 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 94.33% of the company’s stock.

Nielsen NV Company Profile

Nielsen N.V. (Nielsen), formerly Nielsen Holdings N.V., is an information and measurement company. The Company is engaged in providing clients with an understanding of consumers and consumer behavior. The Company delivers media and marketing information, and analytics on a global and local basis. Nielsen operates through two business segments: Buy and Watch.

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