Aviva PLC raised its stake in shares of Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) by 3.1% during the second quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 219,482 shares of the business services provider’s stock after buying an additional 6,570 shares during the period. Aviva PLC owned about 0.06% of Nielsen N.V. worth $8,485,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also made changes to their positions in NLSN. M&T Bank Corp raised its position in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 2.4% in the first quarter. M&T Bank Corp now owns 21,905 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $905,000 after buying an additional 504 shares during the period. Copeland Capital Management LLC raised its position in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 24.9% in the second quarter. Copeland Capital Management LLC now owns 195,978 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $7,577,000 after buying an additional 39,086 shares during the period. Creative Planning raised its position 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. State of Wisconsin Investment Board raised its position in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 11.8% in the first quarter. State of Wisconsin Investment Board now owns 516,946 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $21,355,000 after buying an additional 54,752 shares during the period. Finally, UBS Group AG raised its position in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 275.4% in the first quarter. UBS Group AG now owns 145,395 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $6,006,000 after buying an additional 106,660 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 96.32% of the company’s stock.

Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) opened at 39.36 on Tuesday. The company has a market cap of $14.03 billion, a P/E ratio of 28.69 and a beta of 0.97. The company has a 50-day moving average of $40.17 and a 200-day moving average of $40.83. 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 released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 27th. The business services provider reported $0.49 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.63 by $0.14. Nielsen N.V. had a return on equity of 15.96% and a net margin of 7.68%. The business had revenue of $1.64 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.65 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.31 earnings per share. Nielsen N.V.’s quarterly revenue was up 3.0% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts predict that Nielsen N.V. will post $2.60 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, September 7th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, August 24th will be paid a dividend of $0.34 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, August 22nd. This represents a $1.36 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.46%. Nielsen N.V.’s dividend payout ratio is currently 99.27%.

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NLSN has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. Deutsche Bank AG dropped their target price on Nielsen N.V. from $44.00 to $40.00 and set a “hold” rating for the company in a research report on Tuesday, May 30th. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Nielsen N.V. from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Saturday, June 24th. J P Morgan Chase & Co reaffirmed an “overweight” rating and set a $44.00 price target (down previously from $48.00) on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research note on Wednesday, June 21st. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Nielsen N.V. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $45.00 price target for the company in a research note on Friday, July 28th. Finally, Pivotal Research decreased their price target on shares of 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 research 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. Nielsen N.V. currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $46.64.

In other Nielsen N.V. news, insider Stephen Hasker sold 20,930 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $43.00, for a total transaction of $899,990.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 79,341 shares in the company, valued at $3,411,663. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. 0.67% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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

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