Nielsen (NLSN) – Investment Analysts’ Recent Ratings Updates

A number of firms have modified their ratings and price targets on shares of Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN) recently:

  • 2/12/2018 – Nielsen had its price target lowered by analysts at BMO Capital Markets from $40.00 to $38.00. They now have a “market perform” rating on the stock.
  • 2/9/2018 – Nielsen had its price target lowered by analysts at Morgan Stanley from $47.00 to $46.00. They now have an “overweight” rating on the stock.
  • 2/9/2018 – Nielsen had its price target lowered by analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG from $44.00 to $43.00. They now have an “outperform” rating on the stock.
  • 2/9/2018 – Nielsen had its price target lowered by analysts at Robert W. Baird from $44.00 to $40.00. They now have an “outperform” rating on the stock.
  • 2/9/2018 – Nielsen was given a new $33.00 price target on by analysts at Deutsche Bank AG. They now have a “hold” rating on the stock.
  • 1/10/2018 – Nielsen was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “The strength in the Nielsen's Watch segment continues to be a strong revenue driver for the company. Its third-quarter 2017 diluted net earnings increased significantly year over year. Continued dividend payment and share repurchase reflect Nielsen’s financial strength and commitment to return value to shareholders. Also, the company's product launches are progressing well and should drive revenues in the near term. However, continued investments in technology and infrastructure could weigh on margins and profitability, going forward. In the past 12 months, the stock has underperformed the industry it belongs to.”
  • 1/8/2018 – Nielsen was upgraded by analysts at Robert W. Baird from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating.
  • 1/2/2018 – Nielsen was downgraded by analysts at Macquarie from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating. They now have a $38.00 price target on the stock.
  • 12/26/2017 – Nielsen was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating. According to Zacks, “The strength in the Nielsen's Watch segment continues to be a strong revenue driver for the company. Its third-quarter 2017 diluted net earnings increased significantly year over year. Continued dividend payment and share repurchase reflect Nielsen’s financial strength and commitment to return value to shareholders. Also, the company's product launches are progressing well and should drive revenues in the near term. However, continued investments in technology and infrastructure could weigh on margins and profitability, going forward. Year-to-date the stock has underperformed the industry it belongs to.”
  • 12/14/2017 – Nielsen was downgraded by analysts at Barclays PLC from an “equal weight” rating to an “underweight” rating. They now have a $38.00 price target on the stock, down previously from $45.00.

Shares of Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) traded down $0.20 during trading on Monday, hitting $33.50. The company had a trading volume of 5,694,597 shares, compared to its average volume of 4,388,887. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.88, a current ratio of 1.34 and a quick ratio of 1.34. Nielsen N.V. has a 1 year low of $32.95 and a 1 year high of $45.73. The firm has a market cap of $12,018.91, a P/E ratio of 27.69, a P/E/G ratio of 1.73 and a beta of 0.91.

Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 8th. The business services provider reported $0.71 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.75 by ($0.04). Nielsen had a return on equity of 16.79% and a net margin of 6.53%. The company had revenue of $1.76 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.76 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.44 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.3% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts expect that Nielsen N.V. will post 2.43 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In related news, CEO Dwight Barns acquired 13,631 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 1st. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $36.86 per share, for a total transaction of $502,438.66. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, CFO Jamere Jackson sold 16,000 shares of Nielsen stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, December 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $36.30, for a total value of $580,800.00. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 93,138 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,380,909.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 0.67% of the company’s stock.

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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