Nielsen N.V. (NLSN) – Analysts’ Recent Ratings Changes

A number of research firms have changed their ratings and price targets for Nielsen N.V. (NYSE: NLSN):

  • 11/1/2017 – Nielsen N.V. was downgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating.
  • 10/27/2017 – Nielsen N.V. had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Needham & Company LLC. They wrote, “Tivity Health reported another strong quarter beating estimates handily at $138M/ $0.46 vs. consensus of $138M/$0.36, despite facing 500K visit headwind from the hurricanes. The company also reported significant growth in awareness campaigns with strong Facebook impressions (17M) and website tracking growing by 70%. We believe these are leading indicators of the potential growth in new membership and utilization into CY18 in the SilverSneakers segment. Prime also reported strong traction and is expected to build on the traction into CY18, especially with the key partner that covers 27M eligible lives. Management issued initial CY18 outlook at 11% top-line growth with margins equivalent to CY17, both of which are higher than our estimates.””
  • 10/27/2017 – Nielsen N.V. was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating. According to Zacks, “Nielsen Holdings is a leading global information and measurement company which offers media and marketing information on what consumers watch and buy on a global and local basis. The company's third-quarter 2017 diluted net earnings increased significantly year over year. Continued dividend payment and share repurchase reflect Nielsen’s financial strength and commitment to return value to shareholders. Also, the company's product launches are progressing well and should drive revenues in the near term. However, continued investments in technology and infrastructure could weigh on margins and profitability, going forward. Year-to-date the stock has underperformed the industry it belongs to.”
  • 10/26/2017 – Nielsen N.V. had its price target lowered by analysts at Morgan Stanley from $50.00 to $49.00. They now have an “overweight” rating on the stock.
  • 10/26/2017 – Nielsen N.V. had its “market perform” rating reaffirmed by analysts at BMO Capital Markets. They now have a $44.00 price target on the stock.
  • 10/26/2017 – Nielsen N.V. had its price target lowered by analysts at Credit Suisse Group from $47.00 to $46.00. They now have an “outperform” rating on the stock.
  • 10/23/2017 – Nielsen N.V. had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Cantor Fitzgerald. They now have a $45.00 price target on the stock. They wrote, “Largely in-line 3Q17 results expected. Our 3Q17 revenue/EBITDA/adj. EPS estimates are $1,628.4M (+3.7% Y/Y ex FX)/$511.0M (31.4% margin)/$0.71, in-line to slightly below average consensus estimates (FactSet) of $1,645M/ $524M/$0.69, respectively.””
  • 10/12/2017 – Nielsen N.V. was downgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating.
  • 9/27/2017 – Nielsen N.V. was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating.
  • 9/26/2017 – Nielsen N.V. was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Nielsen Holdings is a leading global information and measurement company which offers media and marketing information on what consumers watch and buy on a global and local basis. The company delivered strong second-quarter profits driven by the strength in its Watch segment. Weakness in the U.S. Buy segment continues to impact revenues. Continued dividend payment and share repurchase reflect Nielsen’s financial strength and commitment to return value to shareholders. Also, the company's product launches are progressing well and should drive revenues in the near term. However, continued investments in technology and infrastructure could weigh on margins and profitability, going forward. Year-to-date the stock has underperformed the Zacks Business-Information Services industryy.”
  • 9/13/2017 – Nielsen N.V. had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by analysts at BMO Capital Markets. They now have a $44.00 price target on the stock.
  • 9/12/2017 – Nielsen N.V. had its “outperform” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Sanford C. Bernstein.
  • 9/12/2017 – Nielsen N.V. had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Needham & Company LLC. They now have a $55.00 price target on the stock.
  • 9/10/2017 – Nielsen N.V. had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Pivotal Research. They now have a $38.00 price target on the stock.

Shares of Nielsen N.V. (NYSE NLSN) traded down 2.6434% during trading on Wednesday, reaching $36.0901. The company had a trading volume of 2,605,121 shares. Nielsen N.V. has a 12 month low of $36.07 and a 12 month high of $46.23. The firm has a market capitalization of $12.87 billion, a PE ratio of 26.3047 and a beta of 0.99. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $40.29 and a 200 day moving average price of $39.77.

In other Nielsen N.V. news, insider Stephen Hasker sold 20,930 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, August 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $43.00, for a total value of $899,990.00. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 79,341 shares in the company, valued at $3,411,663. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, SVP Jeffrey Charlton sold 3,762 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, September 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $49.21, for a total value of $185,128.02. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 43,312 shares of company stock worth $1,811,484 over the last quarter. Company insiders own 0.67% of the company’s stock.

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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