Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) had its price objective trimmed by Morgan Stanley from $47.00 to $46.00 in a report published on Friday morning. The firm currently has an overweight rating on the business services provider’s stock.

Other equities research analysts have also recently issued research reports about the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Nielsen from a strong sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Wednesday, January 10th. Credit Suisse Group lowered their price target on Nielsen from $44.00 to $43.00 and set an outperform rating on the stock in a report on Friday. Deutsche Bank set a $35.00 price target on Nielsen and gave the stock a hold rating in a report on Wednesday, November 29th. BMO Capital Markets lowered their target price on Nielsen from $43.00 to $40.00 and set a market perform rating on the stock in a report on Friday, November 10th. Finally, Barclays cut Nielsen from an equal weight rating to an underweight rating and lowered their target price for the company from $45.00 to $38.00 in a report on Thursday, December 14th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $42.59.

Shares of Nielsen (NYSE NLSN) opened at $33.60 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $12,020.00, a P/E ratio of 28.00, a P/E/G ratio of 1.73 and a beta of 0.90. 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 $32.95 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 analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.75 by ($0.04). The firm had revenue of $1.76 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.76 billion. Nielsen had a return on equity of 16.79% and a net margin of 6.53%. The business’s revenue was up 6.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.44 EPS. analysts expect that Nielsen will post 2.43 earnings per share for the current year.

In other Nielsen news, CEO Dwight Barns acquired 13,631 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated 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 Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, SVP Jeffrey Charlton sold 3,080 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $36.01, for a total value of $110,910.80. Following 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. 0.67% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of NLSN. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans boosted its holdings in shares of Nielsen by 2.6% during the second quarter. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans now owns 12,680 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $490,000 after purchasing an additional 320 shares during the last quarter. Advisor Group Inc. boosted its holdings in shares of Nielsen by 26.6% during the second quarter. Advisor Group Inc. now owns 4,028 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $156,000 after purchasing an additional 847 shares during the last quarter. Virtu KCG Holdings LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Nielsen by 7.0% during the second quarter. Virtu KCG Holdings LLC now owns 10,049 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $388,000 after purchasing an additional 656 shares during the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its holdings in shares of Nielsen by 33.1% during the second quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,664,674 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $64,356,000 after purchasing an additional 414,436 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Bank of Nova Scotia boosted its holdings in shares of Nielsen by 6.1% during the second quarter. Bank of Nova Scotia now owns 20,011 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $773,000 after purchasing an additional 1,158 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds 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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