Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) was upgraded by investment analysts at BidaskClub from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Friday, June 16th.
A number of other equities analysts also recently weighed in on NLSN. Pivotal Research upped their target price on Nielsen N.V. from $38.00 to $39.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, February 27th. Citigroup Inc. reiterated a “neutral” rating and issued a $42.00 target price (down previously from $45.00) on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a report on Thursday, June 1st. TheStreet upgraded Nielsen N.V. from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a report on Thursday, March 2nd. Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $50.00 target price on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a report on Monday, February 27th. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG dropped their target price on Nielsen N.V. from $44.00 to $40.00 and set a “hold” rating on the stock in a report on Tuesday, May 30th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $46.86.
Shares of Nielsen N.V. (NYSE NLSN) opened at 37.16 on Friday. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $38.80 and its 200-day moving average is $41.41. The stock has a market capitalization of $13.28 billion, a P/E ratio of 28.11 and a beta of 0.96. Nielsen N.V. has a one year low of $36.96 and a one year high of $55.94.
Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, April 25th. The business services provider reported $0.28 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.48 by $0.20. The business had revenue of $1.53 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.54 billion. Nielsen N.V. had a net margin of 7.45% and a return on equity of 17.52%. Nielsen N.V.’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.51 EPS. On average, equities research analysts expect that Nielsen N.V. will post $2.64 EPS for the current year.
The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, June 16th. Shareholders of record on Friday, June 2nd were issued a dividend of $0.34 per share. This represents a $1.36 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.66%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, May 31st. This is an increase from Nielsen N.V.’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.31. Nielsen N.V.’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 103.82%.
In other Nielsen N.V. news, SVP Jeffrey Charlton sold 1,824 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, April 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $41.34, for a total transaction of $75,404.16. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 13,297 shares in the company, valued at $549,697.98. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, CFO Jamere Jackson sold 11,500 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $38.55, for a total value of $443,325.00. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 87,888 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,388,082.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 1.20% of the company’s stock.
Several large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its stake in Nielsen N.V. by 5.8% in the first quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 34,704,266 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $1,433,633,000 after buying an additional 1,892,556 shares in the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. boosted its stake in Nielsen N.V. by 4,459.8% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 30,913,604 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $1,277,040,000 after buying an additional 30,235,644 shares in the last quarter. Ameriprise Financial Inc. boosted its stake in Nielsen N.V. by 7.7% in the first quarter. Ameriprise Financial Inc. now owns 9,684,655 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $400,075,000 after buying an additional 695,422 shares in the last quarter. OppenheimerFunds Inc. boosted its stake in Nielsen N.V. by 30.1% in the first quarter. OppenheimerFunds Inc. now owns 8,341,491 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $344,587,000 after buying an additional 1,930,102 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Alecta Pensionsforsakring Omsesidigt boosted its stake in Nielsen N.V. by 5.6% in the second quarter. Alecta Pensionsforsakring Omsesidigt now owns 7,579,000 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $292,928,000 after buying an additional 400,000 shares in the last quarter. 93.77% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.
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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