Two Sigma Investments LP lifted its position in Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) by 356.1% in the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 855,221 shares of the business services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 667,703 shares during the quarter. Two Sigma Investments LP owned about 0.24% of Nielsen worth $31,130,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.
Several other large investors have also recently made changes to their positions in NLSN. Mackenzie Financial Corp raised its stake in shares of Nielsen by 244.3% in the fourth quarter. Mackenzie Financial Corp now owns 6,116,264 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $222,632,000 after purchasing an additional 4,339,943 shares during the last quarter. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC raised its stake in shares of Nielsen by 72.9% in the fourth quarter. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC now owns 10,221,478 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $372,062,000 after purchasing an additional 4,310,880 shares during the last quarter. Parnassus Investments CA raised its stake in shares of Nielsen by 107.5% in the fourth quarter. Parnassus Investments CA now owns 5,187,500 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $188,825,000 after purchasing an additional 2,687,500 shares during the last quarter. Vontobel Asset Management Inc. raised its stake in shares of Nielsen by 51.2% in the fourth quarter. Vontobel Asset Management Inc. now owns 6,898,520 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $257,335,000 after purchasing an additional 2,334,866 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Hamlin Capital Management LLC purchased a new position in shares of Nielsen in the fourth quarter worth about $69,076,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 98.08% of the company’s stock.
Shares of Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) opened at $33.50 on Wednesday. The company has a current ratio of 1.34, a quick ratio of 1.34 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.88. Nielsen N.V. has a 1-year low of $31.90 and a 1-year high of $44.24. The company has a market capitalization of $12,097.37, a PE ratio of 16.31, a P/E/G ratio of 1.69 and a beta of 0.99.
The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, March 21st. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, March 7th will be issued a $0.34 dividend. This represents a $1.36 annualized dividend and a yield of 4.06%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, March 6th. Nielsen’s payout ratio is currently 112.40%.
In other Nielsen news, CFO Jamere Jackson sold 16,000 shares of the firm’s 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 sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 93,138 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,380,909.40. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. 0.67% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.
Several research analysts have recently issued reports on the company. SunTrust Banks restated a “buy” rating and issued a $38.00 price objective (down from $42.00) on shares of Nielsen in a research note on Wednesday, February 14th. BMO Capital Markets reduced their price objective on Nielsen from $40.00 to $38.00 and set a “market perform” rating for the company in a research note on Monday, February 12th. Morgan Stanley dropped their target price on Nielsen from $47.00 to $46.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, February 9th. Credit Suisse Group dropped their target price on Nielsen from $44.00 to $43.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, February 9th. Finally, Robert W. Baird dropped their target price on Nielsen from $44.00 to $40.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, February 9th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $41.88.
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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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