Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) had its target price lowered by Robert W. Baird from $44.00 to $40.00 in a research note released on Friday morning. The brokerage currently has an outperform rating on the business services provider’s stock.

Several other research analysts have also recently weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Nielsen from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report on Tuesday, December 26th. Macquarie cut shares of Nielsen from an outperform rating to a neutral rating and set a $38.00 target price on the stock. in a report on Tuesday, January 2nd. Barclays cut shares of Nielsen from an equal weight rating to an underweight rating and lowered their target price for the stock from $45.00 to $38.00 in a report on Thursday, December 14th. Citigroup raised shares of Nielsen from a neutral rating to a buy rating and set a $45.00 target price on the stock in a report on Friday, November 17th. Finally, SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a buy rating and set a $42.00 target price on shares of Nielsen in a report on Friday, November 10th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of Hold and an average target price of $42.71.

Nielsen (NYSE NLSN) opened at $33.70 on Friday. The firm has a market cap of $12,018.91, a PE ratio of 16.20, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.73 and a beta of 0.91. The company has a quick ratio of 1.34, a current ratio of 1.34 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.88. Nielsen has a fifty-two week low of $33.50 and a fifty-two week high of $45.73.

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

In other news, CEO Dwight Barns purchased 13,631 shares of Nielsen stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 1st. The shares were acquired at an average price of $36.86 per share, for a total transaction of $502,438.66. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, SVP Jeffrey Charlton sold 3,080 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $36.01, for a total transaction of $110,910.80. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now owns 10,100 shares in the company, valued at approximately $363,701. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 0.67% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of NLSN. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans boosted its position in Nielsen by 2.6% in the second quarter. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans now owns 12,680 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $490,000 after buying an additional 320 shares in the last quarter. Advisor Group Inc. boosted its position in Nielsen by 26.6% in the second quarter. Advisor Group Inc. now owns 4,028 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $156,000 after buying an additional 847 shares in the last quarter. Virtu KCG Holdings LLC boosted its position in Nielsen by 7.0% in the second quarter. Virtu KCG Holdings LLC now owns 10,049 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $388,000 after buying an additional 656 shares in the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its position in Nielsen by 33.1% in the second quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,664,674 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $64,356,000 after buying an additional 414,436 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Bank of Nova Scotia boosted its position in Nielsen by 6.1% in the second quarter. Bank of Nova Scotia now owns 20,011 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $773,000 after buying an additional 1,158 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 97.86% of the company’s stock.

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Nielsen Company Profile

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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