News articles about Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) have trended somewhat positive on Tuesday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Nielsen N.V. earned a news sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the business services provider an impact score of 46.4011968978928 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Nielsen N.V. (NLSN) traded up 0.10% during midday trading on Tuesday, hitting $40.94. 1,270,522 shares of the company traded hands. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $39.94 and a 200 day moving average of $40.93. Nielsen N.V. has a 12-month low of $36.96 and a 12-month high of $54.99. The stock has a market cap of $14.60 billion, a P/E ratio of 29.84 and a beta of 0.97.

Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) last released its earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The business services provider reported $0.49 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.63 by $0.14. The firm had revenue of $1.64 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.65 billion. Nielsen N.V. had a return on equity of 15.96% and a net margin of 7.68%. Nielsen N.V.’s revenue was up 3.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.31 earnings per share. Equities research analysts predict that Nielsen N.V. will post $2.60 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, September 7th. Investors of record on Thursday, August 24th will be issued a dividend of $0.34 per share. This represents a $1.36 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.32%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, August 22nd. Nielsen N.V.’s payout ratio is currently 99.27%.

A number of equities analysts have recently weighed in on NLSN shares. BidaskClub raised shares of Nielsen N.V. from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, June 16th. Deutsche Bank AG reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $44.00 price target (down from $47.00) on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research note on Saturday, April 29th. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $45.00 price target on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research note on Monday, April 17th. Morgan Stanley lowered their price target on shares of Nielsen N.V. from $52.00 to $49.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, April 28th. Finally, TheStreet cut shares of Nielsen N.V. from a “b-” rating to a “c” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 25th. Eight equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $46.64.

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

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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