New Mexico Educational Retirement Board cut its position in shares of Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) by 8.5% during the second quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 31,200 shares of the business services provider’s stock after selling 2,900 shares during the period. New Mexico Educational Retirement Board’s holdings in Nielsen N.V. were worth $1,342,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors also recently made changes to their positions in NLSN. Creative Planning raised its position in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 51.3% in the first quarter. Creative Planning now owns 3,490 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $144,000 after buying an additional 1,184 shares during the last quarter. Private Trust Co. NA acquired a new position in shares of Nielsen N.V. during the first quarter worth about $473,000. Parametrica Management Ltd acquired a new position in shares of Nielsen N.V. during the first quarter worth about $312,000. Beese Fulmer Investment Management Inc. raised its position in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 2.6% in the first quarter. Beese Fulmer Investment Management Inc. now owns 5,010 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $207,000 after buying an additional 125 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Washington Trust Bank raised its position in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 17,521.3% in the first quarter. Washington Trust Bank now owns 8,282 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $342,000 after buying an additional 8,235 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 94.96% of the company’s stock.

Nielsen N.V. (NYSE NLSN) opened at 40.79 on Friday. The company has a market cap of $14.54 billion, a P/E ratio of 29.73 and a beta of 0.97. Nielsen N.V. has a 52 week low of $36.96 and a 52 week high of $54.99. The company has a 50-day moving average of $39.78 and a 200 day moving average of $40.92.

Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 27th. The business services provider reported $0.49 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.63 by $0.14. Nielsen N.V. had a net margin of 7.68% and a return on equity of 15.96%. The firm had revenue of $1.64 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.65 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.31 EPS. Nielsen N.V.’s revenue was up 3.0% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts forecast that Nielsen N.V. will post $2.62 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, September 7th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, August 24th will be given a dividend of $0.34 per share. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, August 22nd. This represents a $1.36 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.33%. Nielsen N.V.’s payout ratio is presently 99.27%.

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A number of research analysts have issued reports on NLSN shares. Deutsche Bank AG restated a “hold” rating and set a $44.00 target price (down previously from $47.00) on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research report on Saturday, April 29th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Nielsen N.V. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, April 28th. TheStreet lowered shares of Nielsen N.V. from a “b-” rating to a “c” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 25th. BidaskClub lowered shares of Nielsen N.V. from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, June 24th. Finally, Cantor Fitzgerald restated a “hold” rating and set a $48.00 target price on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research report on Friday, April 21st. Eight analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $46.64.

In other Nielsen N.V. news, CFO Jamere Jackson sold 11,500 shares of Nielsen N.V. stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $38.55, for a total transaction of $443,325.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 87,888 shares in the company, valued at $3,388,082.40. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, insider Stephen Hasker sold 20,930 shares of Nielsen N.V. stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $43.00, for a total transaction of $899,990.00. Following the sale, the insider now owns 79,341 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,411,663. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 1.20% of the company’s stock.

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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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN)

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