Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) was downgraded by equities researchers at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note issued on Saturday.

Several other equities research analysts also recently issued reports on NLSN. Cantor Fitzgerald reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $48.00 price target on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research report on Friday, April 21st. Telsey Advisory Group downgraded Nielsen N.V. from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and decreased their target price for the stock from $54.00 to $44.00 in a research report on Wednesday, April 26th. Zacks Investment Research raised Nielsen N.V. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $47.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, April 26th. BMO Capital Markets decreased their target price on Nielsen N.V. from $45.00 to $44.00 and set a “market perform” rating on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, April 26th. Finally, TheStreet downgraded Nielsen N.V. from a “b-” rating to a “c” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 25th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $46.64.

Shares of Nielsen N.V. (NYSE NLSN) traded down 0.87% during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $39.66. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,885,536 shares. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $40.05 and a 200 day moving average price of $40.91. Nielsen N.V. has a 12 month low of $36.96 and a 12 month high of $54.99. The stock has a market capitalization of $14.14 billion, a P/E ratio of 28.91 and a beta of 0.97.

Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The business services provider reported $0.49 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.63 by $0.14. The business had revenue of $1.64 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.65 billion. Nielsen N.V. had a net margin of 7.68% and a return on equity of 15.96%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $0.31 earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Nielsen N.V. will post $2.60 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Washington Trust Bank boosted its position in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 0.4% in the second quarter. Washington Trust Bank now owns 8,318 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $322,000 after buying an additional 36 shares in the last quarter. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. boosted its position in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 2.5% in the second quarter. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. now owns 3,620 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $140,000 after buying an additional 87 shares in the last quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System boosted its position in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 0.5% in the second quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System now owns 20,800 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $804,000 after buying an additional 100 shares in the last quarter. Creative Planning boosted its position 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 worth $139,000 after buying an additional 103 shares in the last quarter. Finally, CIBC Asset Management Inc boosted its position in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 0.7% in the second quarter. CIBC Asset Management Inc now owns 20,998 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $812,000 after buying an additional 138 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 96.05% 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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