Equities analysts predict that Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) will announce $1.64 billion in sales for the current quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Six analysts have provided estimates for Nielsen N.V.’s earnings, with the lowest sales estimate coming in at $1.62 billion and the highest estimate coming in at $1.66 billion. Nielsen N.V. reported sales of $1.57 billion during the same quarter last year, which suggests a positive year over year growth rate of 4.5%. The business is scheduled to announce its next earnings report before the market opens on Wednesday, October 25th.

On average, analysts expect that Nielsen N.V. will report full year sales of $1.64 billion for the current financial year, with estimates ranging from $6.52 billion to $6.59 billion. For the next fiscal year, analysts anticipate that the company will post sales of $6.81 billion per share, with estimates ranging from $6.73 billion to $6.92 billion. Zacks’ sales calculations are an average based on a survey of sell-side research analysts that cover Nielsen N.V..

Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The business services provider reported $0.49 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.63 by ($0.14). The company had revenue of $1.64 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.65 billion. Nielsen N.V. had a return on equity of 15.96% and a net margin of 7.68%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 3.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.31 EPS.

NLSN has been the subject of several recent research reports. Pivotal Research reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $38.00 price target on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research report on Sunday, September 10th. Needham & Company LLC reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $55.00 price target on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research report on Tuesday, September 12th. BidaskClub raised shares of Nielsen N.V. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Saturday, August 5th. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $44.00 price target on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research report on Wednesday, September 13th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Nielsen N.V. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $45.00 price target for the company in a research report on Friday, July 28th. Nine equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $45.46.

Shares of Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) opened at 41.13 on Wednesday. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $40.36 and its 200-day moving average price is $39.86. Nielsen N.V. has a 12-month low of $36.96 and a 12-month high of $47.51. The stock has a market cap of $14.67 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 29.98 and a beta of 0.99.

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In related news, insider Stephen Hasker sold 20,930 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, August 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $43.00, for a total value of $899,990.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 79,341 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,411,663. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, SVP Jeffrey Charlton sold 3,762 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, September 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $49.21, for a total transaction of $185,128.02. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders have sold 43,312 shares of company stock valued at $1,811,484. Corporate insiders own 0.67% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Capital Research Global Investors lifted its position in Nielsen N.V. by 21.2% in the second quarter. Capital Research Global Investors now owns 38,007,292 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $1,469,362,000 after acquiring an additional 6,648,088 shares during the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its position in Nielsen N.V. by 1.7% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 35,309,380 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $1,365,061,000 after acquiring an additional 605,114 shares during the last quarter. Alecta Pensionsforsakring Omsesidigt lifted its position in Nielsen N.V. by 5.6% in the second quarter. Alecta Pensionsforsakring Omsesidigt now owns 7,579,000 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $292,928,000 after acquiring an additional 400,000 shares during the last quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company lifted its position in Nielsen N.V. by 143.0% in the second quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 4,877,253 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $188,555,000 after acquiring an additional 2,870,282 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Black Creek Investment Management Inc. lifted its position in Nielsen N.V. by 36.3% in the second quarter. Black Creek Investment Management Inc. now owns 4,740,168 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $183,255,000 after acquiring an additional 1,262,493 shares during the last quarter. 96.32% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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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