Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC boosted its position in shares of Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) by 3.5% in the third quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 5,910,598 shares of the business services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 200,403 shares during the period. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC owned 1.66% of Nielsen worth $244,994,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

Other large investors have also recently bought and sold shares of the company. Zurich Insurance Group Ltd FI purchased a new position in shares of Nielsen in the second quarter worth $2,407,000. Bradley Foster & Sargent Inc. CT raised its holdings in shares of Nielsen by 16.2% in the second quarter. Bradley Foster & Sargent Inc. CT now owns 564,027 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $21,805,000 after buying an additional 78,770 shares during the last quarter. Commonwealth Bank of Australia raised its holdings in shares of Nielsen by 20.5% in the second quarter. Commonwealth Bank of Australia now owns 26,733 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $1,032,000 after buying an additional 4,543 shares during the last quarter. Swiss National Bank raised its holdings in shares of Nielsen by 3.2% in the second quarter. Swiss National Bank now owns 1,306,461 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $50,508,000 after buying an additional 39,900 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. raised its holdings in shares of Nielsen by 54.8% in the third quarter. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. now owns 20,395 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $844,000 after buying an additional 7,221 shares during the last quarter. 95.65% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

A number of research analysts have issued reports on NLSN shares. Needham & Company LLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $55.00 price target on shares of Nielsen in a report on Tuesday, September 12th. BidaskClub raised shares of Nielsen from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, September 27th. SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $42.00 price target on shares of Nielsen in a report on Friday, November 10th. Citigroup raised shares of Nielsen from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $45.00 price target for the company in a report on Friday, November 17th. Finally, Cantor Fitzgerald reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $45.00 price target on shares of Nielsen in a report on Monday, October 23rd. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the stock. Nielsen currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $43.60.

In other Nielsen news, CEO Dwight Barns acquired 13,631 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, December 1st. The shares were purchased at an average price of $36.86 per share, for a total transaction of $502,438.66. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, SVP Jeffrey Charlton sold 3,080 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $36.01, for a total transaction of $110,910.80. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now owns 10,100 shares in the company, valued at approximately $363,701. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.67% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) traded down $0.35 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $36.60. 5,274,000 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,941,841. The firm has a market capitalization of $13,160.41, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.41, a P/E/G ratio of 1.75 and a beta of 0.94. Nielsen N.V. has a 1 year low of $34.22 and a 1 year high of $45.73. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.88, a current ratio of 1.41 and a quick ratio of 1.41.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, December 5th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, November 21st were paid a $0.34 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Monday, November 20th. This represents a $1.36 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.72%. Nielsen’s payout ratio is currently 95.78%.

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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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