Nomura Asset Management Co. Ltd. raised its position in Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) by 9.7% during the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 48,674 shares of the business services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 4,301 shares during the period. Nomura Asset Management Co. Ltd.’s holdings in Nielsen were worth $2,017,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Several other large investors have also recently made changes to their positions in the business. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. grew its position in shares of Nielsen by 2.5% in the 2nd quarter. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. now owns 3,620 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $140,000 after buying an additional 87 shares during the last quarter. Atlantic Trust Group LLC grew its position in Nielsen by 0.4% during the 2nd quarter. Atlantic Trust Group LLC now owns 50,860 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $1,967,000 after purchasing an additional 227 shares during the last quarter. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans grew its position in Nielsen by 2.6% during the 2nd quarter. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans now owns 12,680 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $490,000 after purchasing an additional 320 shares during the last quarter. Los Angeles Capital Management & Equity Research Inc. grew its position in Nielsen by 0.9% during the 2nd quarter. Los Angeles Capital Management & Equity Research Inc. now owns 69,630 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $2,692,000 after purchasing an additional 640 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Virtu KCG Holdings LLC grew its position in Nielsen by 7.0% during the 2nd quarter. Virtu KCG Holdings LLC now owns 10,049 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $388,000 after purchasing an additional 656 shares during the last quarter. 95.65% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Nielsen N.V. (NYSE NLSN) traded up $0.04 during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $37.93. 2,494,000 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 2,932,055. Nielsen N.V. has a one year low of $34.22 and a one year high of $45.73. The firm has a market cap of $13,495.21, a PE ratio of 20.93, a PEG ratio of 1.79 and a beta of 0.94. 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 company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, December 5th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, November 21st were paid a $0.34 dividend. This represents a $1.36 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.59%. The ex-dividend date was Monday, November 20th. Nielsen’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 95.78%.

In related news, CEO Dwight Barns acquired 13,631 shares of Nielsen stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 1st. The stock was purchased at an average price of $36.86 per share, for a total transaction of $502,438.66. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, Director Luca Guerrino De acquired 1,369 shares of Nielsen stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 13th. The stock was bought at an average price of $36.54 per share, with a total value of $50,023.26. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. 0.67% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Several research analysts have issued reports on the stock. SunTrust Banks reissued a “buy” rating and set a $42.00 price objective on shares of Nielsen in a research report on Friday, November 10th. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Nielsen from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Saturday, August 19th. Cantor Fitzgerald reissued a “hold” rating and set a $45.00 price objective on shares of Nielsen in a research report on Monday, October 23rd. Credit Suisse Group lowered their price objective on shares of Nielsen from $47.00 to $46.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a research report on Thursday, October 26th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Nielsen from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, September 26th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Nielsen currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $44.07.

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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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