Macquarie Group Ltd. raised its stake in shares of Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) by 2.4% in the third quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 2,420,208 shares of the business services provider’s stock after buying an additional 56,531 shares during the quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. owned about 0.68% of Nielsen N.V. worth $100,318,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Other large investors also recently made changes to their positions in the company. SG Americas Securities LLC purchased a new position in shares of Nielsen N.V. in the third quarter worth $390,000. Russell Investments Group Ltd. raised its stake in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 51.7% in the third quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. now owns 1,013,924 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $42,023,000 after purchasing an additional 345,504 shares during the last quarter. Comgest Global Investors S.A.S. raised its stake in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 1.4% in the third quarter. Comgest Global Investors S.A.S. now owns 164,600 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $6,823,000 after purchasing an additional 2,200 shares during the last quarter. Fjarde AP Fonden Fourth Swedish National Pension Fund raised its stake in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 8.1% in the third quarter. Fjarde AP Fonden Fourth Swedish National Pension Fund now owns 92,471 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $3,833,000 after purchasing an additional 6,908 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Comerica Bank raised its stake in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 4.5% in the third quarter. Comerica Bank now owns 199,154 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $7,500,000 after purchasing an additional 8,524 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 95.67% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) traded up $0.72 on Friday, hitting $36.38. The company had a trading volume of 4,460,000 shares, compared to its average volume of 3,650,000. The company has a quick ratio of 1.41, a current ratio of 1.41 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.88. Nielsen N.V. has a one year low of $34.22 and a one year high of $45.73. The company has a market capitalization of $12,700.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.87, a P/E/G ratio of 1.70 and a beta of 0.94.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, December 5th. Investors of record on Tuesday, November 21st will be issued a $0.34 dividend. This represents a $1.36 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.74%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, November 20th. Nielsen N.V.’s payout ratio is currently 95.77%.

NLSN has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. Pivotal Research decreased their price target on 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. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Nielsen N.V. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $45.00 price target for the company in a research note on Friday, July 28th. TheStreet upgraded Nielsen N.V. from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a research note on Monday, July 31st. BidaskClub upgraded Nielsen N.V. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, August 5th. Finally, Sanford C. Bernstein restated an “outperform” rating on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research note on Tuesday, September 12th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Nielsen N.V. has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $44.40.

In related news, Director Luca Guerrino De purchased 1,369 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, November 13th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $36.54 per share, with a total value of $50,023.26. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Director Karen M. Hoguet sold 18,620 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, September 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $39.01, for a total value of $726,366.20. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 44,080 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,719,560.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 0.67% of the company’s stock.

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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.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN)

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