Morgan Stanley set a $26.00 price objective on Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) in a research note published on Tuesday morning. The firm currently has a buy rating on the business services provider’s stock.

Other analysts have also recently issued reports about the company. SunTrust Banks reduced their price objective on Nielsen from $28.00 to $27.00 and set a buy rating on the stock in a research note on Monday, October 29th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Nielsen from a strong sell rating to a hold rating in a research note on Tuesday, September 25th. Credit Suisse Group started coverage on Nielsen in a research note on Friday, December 7th. They issued a neutral rating and a $29.00 price target on the stock. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded Nielsen from a strong sell rating to a sell rating in a research note on Monday, October 22nd. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $28.42.

Shares of NYSE NLSN traded up $0.07 during mid-day trading on Tuesday, hitting $25.68. The company had a trading volume of 217,637 shares, compared to its average volume of 3,293,650. The stock has a market cap of $9.11 billion, a P/E ratio of 12.18, a PEG ratio of 1.06 and a beta of 0.93. The company has a current ratio of 1.14, a quick ratio of 1.14 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.97. Nielsen has a 1-year low of $20.53 and a 1-year high of $39.25.

Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 25th. The business services provider reported $0.27 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.25 by $0.02. The business had revenue of $1.60 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.58 billion. Nielsen had a return on equity of 14.56% and a net margin of 4.85%. On average, equities analysts forecast that Nielsen will post 1.95 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other news, SVP Jeffrey Charlton sold 6,337 shares of Nielsen stock in a transaction dated Monday, December 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $27.46, for a total transaction of $174,014.02. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. 0.35% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Point72 Hong Kong Ltd purchased a new position in shares of Nielsen during the second quarter worth about $188,000. Advisors Asset Management Inc. grew its holdings in shares of Nielsen by 175.8% during the third quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. now owns 6,104 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $169,000 after buying an additional 3,891 shares during the last quarter. Fuller & Thaler Asset Management Inc. grew its holdings in shares of Nielsen by 112.1% during the third quarter. Fuller & Thaler Asset Management Inc. now owns 6,150 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $170,000 after buying an additional 3,250 shares during the last quarter. Rockefeller Capital Management L.P. purchased a new position in shares of Nielsen during the third quarter worth about $187,000. Finally, First Mercantile Trust Co. purchased a new position in shares of Nielsen during the third quarter worth about $189,000. 95.56% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Nielsen Company Profile

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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