Nielsen N.V. (NLSN) Earns Hold Rating from BMO Capital Markets
Several other research analysts also recently weighed in on NLSN. Pivotal Research lowered their price objective on shares of Nielsen N.V. from $39.00 to $38.00 and set a hold rating on the stock in a report on Thursday, July 27th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Nielsen N.V. from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $45.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Friday, July 28th. TheStreet upgraded shares of Nielsen N.V. from a c rating to a b- rating in a report on Monday, July 31st. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Nielsen N.V. from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report on Saturday, August 5th. Finally, Sanford C. Bernstein restated an outperform rating on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a report on Tuesday, September 12th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $44.20.
Nielsen N.V. (NYSE NLSN) opened at $35.97 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.88, a quick ratio of 1.41 and a current ratio of 1.41. Nielsen N.V. has a 1 year low of $34.22 and a 1 year high of $45.73. The stock has a market cap of $12,882.60, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.98, a P/E/G ratio of 1.71 and a beta of 0.95.
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The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, December 5th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, November 21st will be issued a $0.34 dividend. This represents a $1.36 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.78%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, November 20th. Nielsen N.V.’s payout ratio is 95.78%.
In other Nielsen N.V. news, Director Karen M. Hoguet sold 18,620 shares of Nielsen N.V. stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, September 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $39.01, for a total transaction of $726,366.20. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 44,080 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,719,560.80. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, SVP Jeffrey Charlton sold 3,762 shares of Nielsen N.V. stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, September 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $49.21, for a total transaction of $185,128.02. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 0.67% of the company’s stock.
Institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Capital Research Global Investors boosted its holdings in Nielsen N.V. by 21.2% in the second quarter. Capital Research Global Investors now owns 38,007,292 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $1,469,362,000 after acquiring an additional 6,648,088 shares in the last quarter. FMR LLC boosted its holdings in Nielsen N.V. by 274.4% in the second quarter. FMR LLC now owns 3,952,896 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $152,819,000 after acquiring an additional 2,897,137 shares in the last quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company boosted its holdings in Nielsen N.V. by 143.0% in the second quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 4,877,253 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $188,555,000 after acquiring an additional 2,870,282 shares in the last quarter. Parnassus Investments CA bought a new stake in Nielsen N.V. in the third quarter valued at $103,625,000. Finally, Point72 Asset Management L.P. bought a new stake in Nielsen N.V. in the third quarter valued at $74,116,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 95.67% of the company’s stock.
Nielsen N.V. Company Profile
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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