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Shares of Nielsen Hldg NV (NASDAQ:NLSN) have been given a consensus rating of “Hold” by the seventeen brokerages that are currently covering the company, Analyst Ratings.Net reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company. The average 1-year target price among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $47.55.

In other Nielsen Hldg NV news, EVP Itzhak Fisher sold 26,835 shares of the company’s stock on the open market in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $47.13, for a total value of $1,264,733.55. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link.

Shares of Nielsen Hldg NV (NASDAQ:NLSN) traded down 0.28% during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $46.63. 81,256 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. Nielsen Hldg NV has a 1-year low of $33.97 and a 1-year high of $49.61. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $47.71 and its 200-day moving average is $46.65. The company has a market cap of $17.733 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 44.11.

Nielsen Hldg NV (NASDAQ:NLSN) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 29th. The company reported $0.62 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $0.61 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $1.59 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.57 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.49 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 15.0% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts predict that Nielsen Hldg NV will post $2.51 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which is scheduled for Thursday, September 11th. Investors of record on Thursday, August 28th will be given a dividend of $0.25 per share. This represents a $1.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.14%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, August 26th.

A number of analysts have recently weighed in on NLSN shares. Analysts at Zacks downgraded shares of Nielsen Hldg NV from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research note on Friday, August 1st. They now have a $44.10 price target on the stock. Separately, analysts at BMO Capital Markets raised their price target on shares of Nielsen Hldg NV from $45.00 to $48.00 in a research note on Thursday, July 31st. Finally, analysts at FBR Capital Markets raised their price target on shares of Nielsen Hldg NV from $51.00 to $55.00 in a research note on Thursday, July 31st.

Nielsen NV, formerly Nielsen Holdings NV, is a Netherlands-based company engaged in information and measurement services.

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