Shares of Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) have earned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the sixteen analysts that are presently covering the company. 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 objective among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $47.67.

NLSN has been the subject of several research reports. Cantor Fitzgerald reissued a “neutral” rating on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a report on Tuesday, February 7th. Pivotal Research increased their price objective on Nielsen N.V. from $38.00 to $39.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, February 27th. Jefferies Group LLC reissued a “buy” rating and set a $50.00 price objective on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a report on Monday, February 27th. TheStreet raised Nielsen N.V. from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a report on Thursday, March 2nd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Nielsen N.V. from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, April 12th.

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Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) traded up 0.36% during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $38.54. The company had a trading volume of 3,597,366 shares. The company has a market capitalization of $13.77 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 29.15 and a beta of 0.84. Nielsen N.V. has a 12-month low of $37.95 and a 12-month high of $55.94. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $40.49 and a 200 day moving average of $42.27.

Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, April 25th. The business services provider reported $0.28 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.48 by $0.20. Nielsen N.V. had a net margin of 7.96% and a return on equity of 18.63%. The firm had revenue of $1.53 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.54 billion. During the same period last year, the company posted $0.51 earnings per share. Nielsen N.V.’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.6% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts expect that Nielsen N.V. will post $2.53 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 16th. Investors of record on Friday, June 2nd will be paid a dividend of $0.34 per share. This is a positive change from Nielsen N.V.’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.31. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, May 31st. This represents a $1.36 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.53%. Nielsen N.V.’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 89.86%.

In related news, CEO Dwight Barns sold 46,947 shares of Nielsen N.V. stock in a transaction on Monday, March 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $40.82, for a total transaction of $1,916,376.54. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 288,277 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $11,767,467.14. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, Director David L. Calhoun sold 230,000 shares of Nielsen N.V. stock in a transaction on Monday, February 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $44.93, for a total value of $10,333,900.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 525,496 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $23,610,535.28. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 278,771 shares of company stock valued at $12,325,681 in the last three months. 1.20% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Creative Planning raised its stake in Nielsen N.V. by 51.3% in the first quarter. Creative Planning now owns 3,490 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $144,000 after buying an additional 1,184 shares in the last quarter. Beese Fulmer Investment Management Inc. raised its stake in Nielsen N.V. by 2.6% in the first quarter. Beese Fulmer Investment Management Inc. now owns 5,010 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $207,000 after buying an additional 125 shares in the last quarter. Wilbanks Smith & Thomas Asset Management LLC acquired a new stake in Nielsen N.V. during the first quarter valued at about $220,000. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. raised its stake in Nielsen N.V. by 50.7% in the first quarter. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. now owns 5,357 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $221,000 after buying an additional 1,802 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Global X Management Co. LLC raised its stake in Nielsen N.V. by 28.7% in the first quarter. Global X Management Co. LLC now owns 5,886 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $243,000 after buying an additional 1,312 shares in the last quarter. 91.99% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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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