FMR LLC raised its stake in shares of Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) by 16.9% during the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 1,055,759 shares of the business services provider’s stock after buying an additional 152,431 shares during the period. FMR LLC owned approximately 0.30% of Nielsen N.V. worth $43,614,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Several other hedge funds have also made changes to their positions in the stock. Creative Planning increased its position in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 51.3% in the first quarter. Creative Planning now owns 3,490 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $144,000 after buying an additional 1,184 shares during the last quarter. Beese Fulmer Investment Management Inc. raised its position in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 2.6% in the first quarter. Beese Fulmer Investment Management Inc. now owns 5,010 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $207,000 after buying an additional 125 shares during the period. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. raised its position in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 50.7% in the first quarter. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. now owns 5,357 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $221,000 after buying an additional 1,802 shares during the period. Nisa Investment Advisors LLC raised its position in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 200.0% in the first quarter. Nisa Investment Advisors LLC now owns 6,000 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $248,000 after buying an additional 4,000 shares during the period. Finally, ZWJ Investment Counsel Inc. acquired a new stake in Nielsen N.V. during the first quarter valued at about $278,000. 94.98% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Shares of Nielsen N.V. (NYSE NLSN) traded down 0.60% on Thursday, hitting $42.99. 2,137,832 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. Nielsen N.V. has a 1-year low of $36.96 and a 1-year high of $54.99. The company has a market cap of $15.33 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 31.38 and a beta of 0.97. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $38.86 and its 200 day moving average price is $40.87.

Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 27th. The business services provider reported $0.49 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.63 by $0.14. The company had revenue of $1.64 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.65 billion. Nielsen N.V. had a return on equity of 15.96% and a net margin of 7.68%. Nielsen N.V.’s revenue was up 3.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.31 earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts expect that Nielsen N.V. will post $2.64 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, September 7th. Investors of record on Thursday, August 24th will be paid a $0.34 dividend. This represents a $1.36 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.16%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, August 22nd. Nielsen N.V.’s dividend payout ratio is currently 99.27%.

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NLSN has been the subject of several recent research reports. Deutsche Bank AG reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $44.00 price objective (down previously from $47.00) on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research report on Saturday, April 29th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Nielsen N.V. from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 12th. TheStreet downgraded shares of Nielsen N.V. from a “b-” rating to a “c” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 25th. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Nielsen N.V. from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Saturday, June 24th. Finally, Cantor Fitzgerald restated a “hold” rating and issued a $48.00 price target on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research report on Friday, April 21st. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $46.64.

In other Nielsen N.V. news, CFO Jamere Jackson sold 11,500 shares of Nielsen N.V. stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $38.55, for a total value of $443,325.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 87,888 shares in the company, valued at $3,388,082.40. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. 1.20% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN)

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