Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) assumed coverage on shares of Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday, Marketbeat.com reports. The firm issued a neutral rating and a $40.00 target price on the business services provider’s stock.

A number of other equities analysts have also issued reports on NLSN. Zacks Investment Research lowered Nielsen N.V. from a hold rating to a strong sell rating in a research note on Thursday, August 17th. BidaskClub raised Nielsen N.V. from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note on Saturday, August 5th. TheStreet raised Nielsen N.V. from a c rating to a b- rating in a research note on Monday, July 31st. Pivotal Research decreased their price target on Nielsen N.V. from $39.00 to $38.00 and set a hold rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, July 27th. Finally, Needham & Company LLC reaffirmed a buy rating on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research note on Friday, October 27th. Two research 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 presently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $44.73.

Nielsen N.V. (NYSE NLSN) traded down $0.48 on Wednesday, reaching $36.62. The company had a trading volume of 3,805,600 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,898,955. The company has a current ratio of 1.41, a quick ratio of 1.41 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.88. The firm has a market cap of $13,213.83, a PE ratio of 20.50, a P/E/G ratio of 1.75 and a beta of 0.95. Nielsen N.V. has a 12-month low of $34.22 and a 12-month high of $45.73.

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The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, December 5th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, November 21st will be paid a dividend of $0.34 per share. This represents a $1.36 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.71%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, November 20th. Nielsen N.V.’s dividend payout ratio is presently 95.78%.

In other news, Director Karen M. Hoguet sold 18,620 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, September 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $39.01, for a total value of $726,366.20. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 44,080 shares in the company, valued at $1,719,560.80. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, SVP Jeffrey Charlton sold 3,762 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, September 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $49.21, for a total value of $185,128.02. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 0.67% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Cable Hill Partners LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Nielsen N.V. in the third quarter valued at $116,000. Group One Trading L.P. purchased a new stake in shares of Nielsen N.V. in the second quarter valued at $108,000. First Interstate Bank purchased a new stake in shares of Nielsen N.V. in the second quarter valued at $124,000. YorkBridge Wealth Partners LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 3,670.1% in the third quarter. YorkBridge Wealth Partners LLC now owns 3,280 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $136,000 after purchasing an additional 3,193 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Creative Planning lifted its holdings in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 3.0% in the second quarter. Creative Planning now owns 3,593 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $139,000 after purchasing an additional 103 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 96.59% 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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