Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) has earned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the sixteen research firms that are covering the company, MarketBeat reports. Eight investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and seven have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month price target among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $46.77.

NLSN has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. Deutsche Bank AG reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $47.00 price objective on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a report on Monday, April 17th. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $45.00 price objective on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a report on Monday, April 17th. Cantor Fitzgerald reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $48.00 price objective on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a report on Friday, April 21st. Telsey Advisory Group cut Nielsen N.V. from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and decreased their price objective for the company from $54.00 to $44.00 in a report on Wednesday, April 26th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Nielsen N.V. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $47.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Wednesday, April 26th.

Nielsen N.V. (NYSE NLSN) traded down 0.92% during trading on Friday, hitting $40.79. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,581,901 shares. The firm 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 12 month low of $36.96 and a 12 month high of $54.99. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $39.68 and a 200 day moving average of $40.92.

Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 27th. The business services provider reported $0.49 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates 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 business had revenue of $1.64 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.65 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.31 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was up 3.0% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts predict that Nielsen N.V. will post $2.62 earnings per share for the current year.

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

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

Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of NLSN. Douglas Lane & Associates LLC raised its stake in Nielsen N.V. by 34.6% in the first quarter. Douglas Lane & Associates LLC now owns 428,435 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $17,699,000 after buying an additional 110,202 shares in the last quarter. Retirement Systems of Alabama raised its stake in Nielsen N.V. by 2.0% in the first quarter. Retirement Systems of Alabama now owns 162,458 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $6,711,000 after buying an additional 3,211 shares in the last quarter. State of Alaska Department of Revenue bought a new stake in Nielsen N.V. during the first quarter worth $311,000. Oakbrook Investments LLC raised its stake in Nielsen N.V. by 422.9% in the first quarter. Oakbrook Investments LLC now owns 27,450 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $1,134,000 after buying an additional 22,200 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Quantitative Systematic Strategies LLC bought a new stake in Nielsen N.V. during the first quarter worth $607,000. 94.96% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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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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