News coverage about Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) has trended somewhat positive on Friday, Alpha One Sentiment reports. The research firm, a service of Accern, identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Alpha One ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Nielsen N.V. earned a daily sentiment score of 0.24 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also gave news coverage about the business services provider an impact score of 41 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

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Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN)

NLSN has been the subject of several analyst reports. Deutsche Bank AG reissued a “hold” rating and set a $44.00 price target (down previously from $47.00) on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a report on Saturday, April 29th. Pivotal Research boosted their price target on shares of Nielsen N.V. from $38.00 to $39.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, February 27th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Nielsen N.V. from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, April 12th. TheStreet downgraded shares of Nielsen N.V. from a “b-” rating to a “c” rating in a report on Tuesday, April 25th. Finally, Cantor Fitzgerald reduced their price target on shares of Nielsen N.V. from $48.00 to $46.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a report on Friday, April 28th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Nielsen N.V. presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $48.29.

Shares of Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) traded down 0.26% during midday trading on Friday, reaching $38.35. 2,923,682 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $39.36 and its 200 day moving average price is $41.69. Nielsen N.V. has a 52-week low of $36.99 and a 52-week high of $55.94. The firm has a market capitalization of $13.70 billion, a P/E ratio of 29.01 and a beta of 0.90.

Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, April 25th. The business services provider reported $0.28 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.48 by $0.20. The firm had revenue of $1.53 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.54 billion. Nielsen N.V. had a net margin of 7.45% and a return on equity of 17.52%. Nielsen N.V.’s revenue was up 2.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.51 EPS. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Nielsen N.V. will post $2.64 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 16th. Investors of record on Friday, June 2nd will be issued a $0.34 dividend. This is a boost from Nielsen N.V.’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.31. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, May 31st. This represents a $1.36 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.55%. Nielsen N.V.’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 103.82%.

In related news, CFO Jamere Jackson sold 11,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $38.55, for a total value of $443,325.00. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 87,888 shares in the company, valued at $3,388,082.40. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, CEO Dwight Barns sold 46,947 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, March 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $40.82, for a total value of $1,916,376.54. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 288,277 shares in the company, valued at approximately $11,767,467.14. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders sold 60,271 shares of company stock worth $2,435,106. 1.20% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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About Nielsen N.V.

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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