Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co. Ltd. lifted its stake in Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) by 6.0% in the 3rd quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 54,373 shares of the business services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 3,100 shares during the quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co. Ltd.’s holdings in Nielsen N.V. were worth $2,254,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Several other institutional investors and hedge funds also recently bought and sold shares of the company. Capital Research Global Investors raised its position in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 21.2% in the 2nd quarter. Capital Research Global Investors now owns 38,007,292 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $1,469,362,000 after purchasing an additional 6,648,088 shares during the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. raised its position in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 1.7% in the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 35,309,380 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $1,365,061,000 after purchasing an additional 605,114 shares during the last quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company increased its holdings in Nielsen N.V. by 143.0% in the 2nd quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 4,877,253 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $188,555,000 after buying an additional 2,870,282 shares in the last quarter. Black Creek Investment Management Inc. increased its holdings in Nielsen N.V. by 36.3% in the 2nd quarter. Black Creek Investment Management Inc. now owns 4,740,168 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $183,255,000 after buying an additional 1,262,493 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Northern Trust Corp increased its holdings in Nielsen N.V. by 2.3% in the 2nd quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 3,992,108 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $154,335,000 after buying an additional 89,274 shares in the last quarter. 96.59% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Shares of Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) opened at $36.62 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $13,213.83, a PE ratio of 20.50, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.75 and a beta of 0.95. Nielsen N.V. has a 52 week low of $34.22 and a 52 week high of $45.73. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.88, a quick ratio of 1.41 and a current ratio of 1.41.

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

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In related news, Director Karen M. Hoguet sold 18,620 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, September 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $39.01, for a total transaction of $726,366.20. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 44,080 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,719,560.80. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, SVP Jeffrey Charlton sold 3,762 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred 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. Insiders own 0.67% of the company’s stock.

Several equities research analysts recently commented on NLSN shares. Sanford C. Bernstein reiterated an “outperform” rating on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a report on Tuesday, September 12th. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $44.00 price objective on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a report on Wednesday, September 13th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Nielsen N.V. from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, October 27th. Needham & Company LLC reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $55.00 price objective on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a report on Tuesday, September 12th. Finally, Pivotal Research reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $38.00 price objective on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a report on Sunday, September 10th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $44.73.

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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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN)

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