Lapides Asset Management LLC raised its stake in Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) by 6.6% during the 4th quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The firm owned 46,700 shares of the business services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 2,900 shares during the period. Lapides Asset Management LLC’s holdings in Nielsen were worth $1,700,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Other hedge funds also recently made changes to their positions in the company. Vontobel Asset Management Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Nielsen by 51.2% in the fourth quarter. Vontobel Asset Management Inc. now owns 6,898,520 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $257,335,000 after buying an additional 2,334,866 shares in the last quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp boosted its stake in shares of Nielsen by 0.3% in the third quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 6,505,579 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $269,656,000 after buying an additional 18,276 shares in the last quarter. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC boosted its stake in shares of Nielsen by 3.5% in the third quarter. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC now owns 5,910,598 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $244,994,000 after buying an additional 200,403 shares in the last quarter. Parnassus Investments CA boosted its stake in shares of Nielsen by 107.5% in the fourth quarter. Parnassus Investments CA now owns 5,187,500 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $188,825,000 after buying an additional 2,687,500 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Boston Partners boosted its stake in shares of Nielsen by 3.6% in the third quarter. Boston Partners now owns 4,062,685 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $168,398,000 after buying an additional 141,937 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 97.86% of the company’s stock.

In related news, CEO Dwight Barns purchased 13,631 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, December 1st. The stock was bought at an average cost of $36.86 per share, with a total value of $502,438.66. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, SVP Jeffrey Charlton sold 3,080 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $36.01, for a total value of $110,910.80. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 10,100 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $363,701. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 0.67% of the company’s stock.

A number of analysts recently weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Nielsen from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. Credit Suisse Group decreased their price target on Nielsen from $44.00 to $43.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, February 9th. BMO Capital Markets decreased their price target on Nielsen from $43.00 to $40.00 and set a “market perform” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, November 10th. Morgan Stanley decreased their price target on Nielsen from $50.00 to $49.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a research note on Thursday, October 26th. Finally, Deutsche Bank set a $35.00 price target on Nielsen and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 29th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $42.59.

Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) opened at $33.06 on Wednesday. The stock has a market capitalization of $11,983.24, a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.32, a P/E/G ratio of 1.69 and a beta of 0.91. Nielsen N.V. has a 1-year low of $32.95 and a 1-year high of $45.73. The company has a current ratio of 1.34, a quick ratio of 1.34 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.88.

Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 8th. The business services provider reported $0.71 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.75 by ($0.04). The firm had revenue of $1.76 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.76 billion. Nielsen had a return on equity of 16.79% and a net margin of 6.53%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.44 earnings per share. analysts predict that Nielsen N.V. will post 2.49 EPS for the current year.

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About Nielsen

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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