Citigroup Inc. reissued their neutral rating on shares of Nielsen NV (NYSE:NLSN) in a research note issued to investors on Thursday. The brokerage currently has a $45.00 price target on the stock.

Several other equities research analysts also recently weighed in on the stock. SunTrust Banks Inc. assumed coverage on shares of Nielsen NV in a research note on Tuesday. They issued a buy rating and a $50.00 price target for the company. Needham & Company LLC reiterated a buy rating and set a $65.00 price objective on shares of Nielsen NV in a report on Monday, November 7th. Jefferies Group restated a buy rating and set a $54.00 price target (down from $58.00) on shares of Nielsen NV in a report on Tuesday, November 1st. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Nielsen NV from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report on Friday, October 28th. Finally, Telsey Advisory Group cut their price target on shares of Nielsen NV from $61.00 to $57.00 and set an outperform rating on the stock in a report on Wednesday, October 26th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and twelve have assigned a buy rating to the company. Nielsen NV has an average rating of Buy and a consensus price target of $55.82.

Shares of Nielsen NV (NYSE:NLSN) traded down 0.46% during midday trading on Thursday, hitting $43.21. 198,136 shares of the stock were exchanged. Nielsen NV has a 1-year low of $42.74 and a 1-year high of $55.94. The stock has a market capitalization of $15.44 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 26.56 and a beta of 0.85. The firm’s 50 day moving average is $48.96 and its 200-day moving average is $51.97.

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

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, December 6th. Investors 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 dividend yield of 2.84%. Nielsen NV’s payout ratio is 76.54%.

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

Institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its stake in Nielsen NV by 2.8% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 31,101,138 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,616,326,000 after buying an additional 834,315 shares during the last quarter. Ameriprise Financial Inc. boosted its stake in Nielsen NV by 8.4% in the third quarter. Ameriprise Financial Inc. now owns 11,651,310 shares of the company’s stock valued at $624,151,000 after buying an additional 904,838 shares during the last quarter. Alecta Pensionsforsakring Omsesidigt boosted its stake in Nielsen NV by 11.8% in the third quarter. Alecta Pensionsforsakring Omsesidigt now owns 6,394,000 shares of the company’s stock valued at $342,463,000 after buying an additional 675,000 shares during the last quarter. BlackRock Fund Advisors boosted its stake in Nielsen NV by 0.6% in the third quarter. BlackRock Fund Advisors now owns 6,051,672 shares of the company’s stock valued at $324,188,000 after buying an additional 34,346 shares during the last quarter. Finally, BlackRock Advisors LLC boosted its stake in Nielsen NV by 1.8% in the second quarter. BlackRock Advisors LLC now owns 5,379,285 shares of the company’s stock valued at $279,562,000 after buying an additional 96,580 shares during the last quarter. 94.33% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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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