Aberdeen Asset Management PLC UK increased its holdings in shares of Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) by 10.3% during the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 84,486 shares of the business services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 7,921 shares during the period. Aberdeen Asset Management PLC UK’s holdings in Nielsen N.V. were worth $3,267,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. First Interstate Bank bought a new position in Nielsen N.V. in the 2nd quarter valued at $124,000. Creative Planning boosted its position in Nielsen N.V. by 3.0% in the 2nd 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 last quarter. Wilbanks Smith & Thomas Asset Management LLC bought a new position in Nielsen N.V. in the 1st quarter valued at $220,000. IBM Retirement Fund boosted its position in Nielsen N.V. by 33.3% in the 2nd quarter. IBM Retirement Fund now owns 5,351 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $207,000 after buying an additional 1,336 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. boosted its position in Nielsen N.V. by 50.7% in the 1st 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 last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 96.29% of the company’s stock.

In other Nielsen N.V. news, SVP Jeffrey Charlton sold 3,762 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, September 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $49.21, for a total transaction of $185,128.02. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director Karen M. Hoguet sold 18,620 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, September 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $39.01, for a total transaction of $726,366.20. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 44,080 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,719,560.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 43,312 shares of company stock worth $1,811,484. 0.67% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) opened at 39.85 on Monday. Nielsen N.V. has a 1-year low of $36.96 and a 1-year high of $54.99. The firm has a market cap of $14.21 billion, a P/E ratio of 29.05 and a beta of 1.00. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $40.34 and a 200-day moving average price of $40.30.

Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 27th. The business services provider reported $0.49 earnings per share 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 during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.65 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.31 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.0% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts forecast that Nielsen N.V. will post $2.60 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, September 7th. Investors of record on Thursday, August 24th were paid a $0.34 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, August 22nd. This represents a $1.36 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.41%. Nielsen N.V.’s dividend payout ratio is 99.27%.

A number of research analysts have commented on NLSN shares. TheStreet upgraded Nielsen N.V. from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a research report on Monday, July 31st. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Nielsen N.V. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $45.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Friday, July 28th. BidaskClub upgraded Nielsen N.V. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Saturday, August 5th. Needham & Company LLC reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $55.00 price objective on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research report on Tuesday, September 12th. Finally, Pivotal Research reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $38.00 price objective on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research report on Sunday, September 10th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $46.64.

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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