Nielsen NV (NYSE:NLSN) declared a quarterly dividend on Monday, October 24th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, November 22nd will be paid a dividend of 0.31 per share on Tuesday, December 6th. This represents a $1.24 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.78%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, November 18th.

Nielsen NV (NYSE:NLSN) opened at 44.63 on Thursday. The company has a market cap of $15.95 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.43 and a beta of 0.85. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $49.24 and its 200-day moving average is $52.03. Nielsen NV has a 12 month low of $42.74 and a 12 month high of $55.94.

Nielsen NV (NYSE:NLSN) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 25th. The company reported $0.74 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.76 by $0.02. The company earned $1.57 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.59 billion. Nielsen NV had a return on equity of 21.50% and a net margin of 9.46%. Nielsen NV’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.69 EPS. On average, analysts anticipate that Nielsen NV will post $2.76 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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In other Nielsen NV news, Vice Chairman Arvin Kash sold 120,196 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, November 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $43.96, for a total value of $5,283,816.16. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 47,376 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,082,648.96. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, SVP Jeffrey Charlton sold 5,574 shares of the company’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 value of $254,843.28. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 18,266 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $835,121.52. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 1.20% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Advisor Partners LLC increased its position in Nielsen NV by 2.8% in the second quarter. Advisor Partners LLC now owns 4,988 shares of the company’s stock valued at $259,000 after buying an additional 136 shares during the last quarter. Point72 Asia Hong Kong Ltd increased its position in Nielsen NV by 12.5% in the second quarter. Point72 Asia Hong Kong Ltd now owns 3,600 shares of the company’s stock valued at $187,000 after buying an additional 400 shares during the last quarter. First Allied Advisory Services Inc. increased its position in Nielsen NV by 9.0% in the second quarter. First Allied Advisory Services Inc. now owns 7,259 shares of the company’s stock valued at $370,000 after buying an additional 601 shares during the last quarter. Veritable L.P. increased its position in Nielsen NV by 12.9% in the second quarter. Veritable L.P. now owns 7,245 shares of the company’s stock valued at $377,000 after buying an additional 828 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. increased its position in Nielsen NV by 15.8% in the third quarter. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. now owns 8,030 shares of the company’s stock valued at $430,000 after buying an additional 1,098 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 94.33% of the company’s stock.

Several equities analysts have recently issued reports on NLSN shares. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $54.00 price target (down previously from $58.00) on shares of Nielsen NV in a research report on Tuesday, November 1st. Needham & Company LLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $65.00 price target on shares of Nielsen NV in a research report on Tuesday, October 25th. Macquarie set a $61.00 price target on Nielsen NV and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 12th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $64.00 price target on shares of Nielsen NV in a research report on Tuesday, September 27th. Finally, SunTrust Banks Inc. started coverage on Nielsen NV in a research report on Tuesday. They issued a “buy” rating and a $50.00 price target for the company. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and thirteen have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $56.65.

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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