Nielsen Holdings PLC (NYSE:NLSN) shares saw unusually-strong trading volume on Wednesday . Approximately 9,451,478 shares were traded during mid-day trading, an increase of 106% from the previous session’s volume of 4,577,281 shares.The stock last traded at $26.72 and had previously closed at $26.38.

NLSN has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. Pivotal Research raised shares of Nielsen from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $35.00 price target for the company in a report on Monday, June 4th. Goldman Sachs Group lowered shares of Nielsen from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, July 2nd. Morgan Stanley cut their price target on shares of Nielsen from $40.00 to $38.00 and set a “$30.76” rating for the company in a report on Wednesday, July 18th. BMO Capital Markets lowered shares of Nielsen from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and cut their price target for the stock from $38.00 to $24.00 in a report on Thursday, July 26th. Finally, Needham & Company LLC cut their price target on shares of Nielsen to $30.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a report on Friday, July 27th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $30.69.

The firm has a market capitalization of $9.30 billion, a P/E ratio of 13.10, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.40 and a beta of 0.96. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.96, a quick ratio of 1.19 and a current ratio of 1.18.

Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) last released its earnings results on Thursday, July 26th. The business services provider reported $0.20 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.59 by ($0.39). Nielsen had a return on equity of 15.28% and a net margin of 5.57%. The business had revenue of $1.65 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.71 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.37 EPS. Nielsen’s quarterly revenue was up .2% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts anticipate that Nielsen Holdings PLC will post 1.98 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, September 5th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, August 22nd were issued a dividend of $0.35 per share. This represents a $1.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 5.24%. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, August 21st. Nielsen’s payout ratio is 66.35%.

Several institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. LS Investment Advisors LLC grew its holdings in shares of Nielsen by 13.2% during the first quarter. LS Investment Advisors LLC now owns 15,541 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $494,000 after buying an additional 1,817 shares in the last quarter. WINTON GROUP Ltd grew its holdings in shares of Nielsen by 28.4% during the first quarter. WINTON GROUP Ltd now owns 9,420 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $299,000 after buying an additional 2,083 shares in the last quarter. Mount Yale Investment Advisors LLC grew its holdings in shares of Nielsen by 19.9% during the second quarter. Mount Yale Investment Advisors LLC now owns 15,109 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $467,000 after buying an additional 2,503 shares in the last quarter. State of Wisconsin Investment Board grew its holdings in shares of Nielsen by 0.8% during the second quarter. State of Wisconsin Investment Board now owns 327,497 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $10,129,000 after buying an additional 2,515 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. grew its holdings in shares of Nielsen by 77.5% during the second quarter. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. now owns 6,477 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $200,000 after buying an additional 2,827 shares in the last quarter. 95.56% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

About Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN)

Nielsen Holdings plc, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an information and measurement company. It operates through Buy and Watch segments. The company provides media and marketing information, analytics, and manufacturer and retailer expertise about what and where consumers buy, read, watch, and listen.

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