Nielsen N.V. (NLSN) Receives “Outperform” Rating from Sanford C. Bernstein
Several other equities research analysts also recently weighed in on NLSN. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Nielsen N.V. from a hold rating to a strong sell rating in a report on Thursday, August 17th. Pivotal Research reaffirmed a hold rating and set a $38.00 price target on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a report on Sunday. BidaskClub raised Nielsen N.V. from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report on Saturday, August 5th. TheStreet raised Nielsen N.V. from a c rating to a b- rating in a report on Monday, July 31st. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG decreased their price target on Nielsen N.V. from $44.00 to $40.00 and set a hold rating for the company in a report on Tuesday, May 30th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $46.64.
Nielsen N.V. (NYSE NLSN) opened at 39.50 on Tuesday. The company has a 50 day moving average of $40.39 and a 200 day moving average of $40.39. The firm has a market capitalization of $14.08 billion, a PE ratio of 28.79 and a beta of 1.00. Nielsen N.V. has a 1-year low of $36.96 and a 1-year high of $54.99.
Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) last issued 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 return on equity of 15.96% and a net margin of 7.68%. The company had revenue of $1.64 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.65 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.31 earnings per share. Nielsen N.V.’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.0% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts forecast that Nielsen N.V. will post $2.60 EPS for the current year.
The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, September 7th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, August 24th were issued a $0.34 dividend. This represents a $1.36 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.44%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, August 22nd. Nielsen N.V.’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 99.27%.
In other Nielsen N.V. news, insider Stephen Hasker sold 20,930 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, August 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $43.00, for a total value of $899,990.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 79,341 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,411,663. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, Director Karen M. Hoguet sold 18,620 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, September 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $39.01, for a total value of $726,366.20. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 44,080 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,719,560.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.67% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.
Several hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in NLSN. Group One Trading L.P. purchased a new position in shares of Nielsen N.V. in the second quarter valued at $108,000. First Interstate Bank purchased a new position in shares of Nielsen N.V. in the second quarter valued at $124,000. Creative Planning increased 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 in the last quarter. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. increased its position in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 2.5% in the second quarter. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. now owns 3,620 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $140,000 after buying an additional 87 shares in the last quarter. Finally, BB&T Investment Services Inc. purchased a new position in shares of Nielsen N.V. in the second quarter valued at $151,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 96.32% 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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