Louisiana State Employees Retirement System raised its stake in Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) by 0.5% during the second quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 20,800 shares of the business services provider’s stock after buying an additional 100 shares during the period. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System’s holdings in Nielsen N.V. were worth $804,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other institutional investors have also bought and sold shares of NLSN. Creative Planning raised its stake in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 3.0% in the second quarter. Creative Planning now owns 3,593 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $139,000 after buying an additional 103 shares during the period. Beese Fulmer Investment Management Inc. raised its stake 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. Trust Co. of Oklahoma raised its stake in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 2.1% in the second quarter. Trust Co. of Oklahoma now owns 13,634 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $527,000 after buying an additional 274 shares during the period. Mn Services Vermogensbeheer B.V. raised its stake in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 3.1% in the first quarter. Mn Services Vermogensbeheer B.V. now owns 9,532 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $368,000 after buying an additional 284 shares during the period. Finally, Stifel Financial Corp raised its stake in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 3.9% in the first quarter. Stifel Financial Corp now owns 8,416 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $366,000 after buying an additional 318 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 94.98% of the company’s stock.

Nielsen N.V. (NYSE NLSN) remained flat at $43.25 on Thursday. The company had a trading volume of 554,134 shares. The company’s 50 day moving average is $38.86 and its 200 day moving average is $40.87. The company has a market capitalization of $15.42 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 31.52 and a beta of 0.97. Nielsen N.V. has a 52-week low of $36.96 and a 52-week high of $54.99.

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

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, September 7th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, August 24th will be paid a dividend of $0.34 per share. This represents a $1.36 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.14%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, August 22nd. Nielsen N.V.’s dividend payout ratio is presently 99.27%.

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A number of equities research analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Cantor Fitzgerald lowered their target price on Nielsen N.V. from $48.00 to $46.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research note on Friday, April 28th. Deutsche Bank AG reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $44.00 target price (down previously from $47.00) on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research note on Saturday, April 29th. Morgan Stanley lowered their target price on Nielsen N.V. from $52.00 to $49.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a research note on Friday, April 28th. J P Morgan Chase & Co reissued an “overweight” rating and issued a $44.00 target price (down previously from $48.00) on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research note on Wednesday, June 21st. Finally, Pivotal Research lowered their target price on Nielsen N.V. from $39.00 to $38.00 and set a “hold” rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, July 27th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Nielsen N.V. currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $46.64.

In other news, CFO Jamere Jackson sold 11,500 shares of Nielsen N.V. stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $38.55, for a total transaction of $443,325.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 87,888 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,388,082.40. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Insiders own 1.20% of the company’s stock.

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

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