Wall Street analysts expect Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) to announce earnings per share (EPS) of $0.79 for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Seven analysts have provided estimates for Nielsen N.V.’s earnings. The highest EPS estimate is $0.83 and the lowest is $0.75. Nielsen N.V. reported earnings per share of $0.44 during the same quarter last year, which indicates a positive year-over-year growth rate of 79.5%. The business is scheduled to issue its next quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 8th.

On average, analysts expect that Nielsen N.V. will report full-year earnings of $2.65 per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from $2.61 to $2.72. For the next fiscal year, analysts anticipate that the company will post earnings of $2.75 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $2.63 to $2.95. Zacks’ earnings per share averages are an average based on a survey of research analysts that that provide coverage for Nielsen N.V..

A number of brokerages have commented on NLSN. TheStreet raised Nielsen N.V. from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a research report on Monday, July 31st. Needham & Company LLC restated a “buy” rating and issued a $55.00 price target on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research note on Tuesday, September 12th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded 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. BidaskClub upgraded Nielsen N.V. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, August 5th. Finally, SunTrust Banks, Inc. reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $42.00 price objective on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research note on Friday. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company. Nielsen N.V. currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $44.20.

In other Nielsen N.V. news, Director Karen M. Hoguet sold 18,620 shares of Nielsen N.V. stock in a transaction that occurred 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 transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, SVP Jeffrey Charlton sold 3,762 shares of Nielsen N.V. stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, September 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $49.21, for a total transaction of $185,128.02. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 0.67% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Cable Hill Partners LLC acquired a new position in shares of Nielsen N.V. in the 3rd quarter valued at $116,000. Group One Trading L.P. acquired a new position in shares of Nielsen N.V. during the 2nd quarter valued at $108,000. First Interstate Bank acquired a new position in shares of Nielsen N.V. during the 2nd quarter valued at $124,000. YorkBridge Wealth Partners LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 3,670.1% during the 3rd quarter. YorkBridge Wealth Partners LLC now owns 3,280 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $136,000 after acquiring an additional 3,193 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Creative Planning lifted its holdings in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 3.0% during the 2nd quarter. Creative Planning now owns 3,593 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $139,000 after acquiring an additional 103 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 95.67% of the company’s stock.

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Shares of Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) traded down $0.48 during trading hours on Monday, hitting $36.62. The stock had a trading volume of 3,805,600 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,898,955. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.88, a current ratio of 1.41 and a quick ratio of 1.41. The stock has a market cap of $13,042.87, a P/E ratio of 20.23, a PEG ratio of 1.73 and a beta of 0.95. Nielsen N.V. has a twelve month low of $34.22 and a twelve month high of $45.73.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, December 5th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, November 21st will be paid a dividend of $0.34 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, November 20th. This represents a $1.36 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.71%. Nielsen N.V.’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 95.78%.

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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