Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) Director Karen M. Hoguet sold 18,620 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated 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 sale, the director now directly owns 44,080 shares of the company’s stock, 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.

Nielsen N.V. (NLSN) traded down 0.18% during trading on Friday, hitting $38.48. 1,721,236 shares of the stock traded hands. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $40.41 and its 200 day moving average price is $40.52. The company has a market cap of $13.72 billion, a P/E ratio of 28.05 and a beta of 1.00. Nielsen N.V. has a 12 month low of $36.96 and a 12 month high of $54.99.

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

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, September 7th. Investors of record on Thursday, August 24th were paid a dividend of $0.34 per share. This represents a $1.36 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.53%. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, August 22nd. Nielsen N.V.’s payout ratio is 99.27%.

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A number of analysts recently weighed in on the stock. BidaskClub lowered shares of Nielsen N.V. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, August 19th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Nielsen N.V. from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 17th. TheStreet raised shares of Nielsen N.V. from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a research note on Monday, July 31st. Pivotal Research lowered their price objective on shares of 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, J P Morgan Chase & Co reaffirmed an “overweight” rating and issued a $44.00 price objective (down from $48.00) on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research note on Wednesday, June 21st. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Nielsen N.V. presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $46.64.

A number of hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Toronto Dominion Bank lifted its stake in Nielsen N.V. by 25.4% during the second quarter. Toronto Dominion Bank now owns 114,045 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $4,408,000 after purchasing an additional 23,114 shares during the last quarter. GWM Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in Nielsen N.V. during the second quarter worth approximately $278,000. Sterling Capital Management LLC lifted its stake in Nielsen N.V. by 4.3% during the second quarter. Sterling Capital Management LLC now owns 1,768,124 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $68,356,000 after purchasing an additional 72,692 shares during the last quarter. BB&T Investment Services Inc. purchased a new stake in Nielsen N.V. during the second quarter worth approximately $151,000. Finally, Scotia Capital Inc. lifted its stake in Nielsen N.V. by 14.6% during the second quarter. Scotia Capital Inc. now owns 31,172 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $1,205,000 after purchasing an additional 3,982 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 96.32% of the company’s stock.

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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