Deutsche Bank set a $33.00 price target on Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) in a research note published on Friday. The firm currently has a hold rating on the business services provider’s stock.

Several other equities research analysts also recently issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Nielsen from a strong sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Wednesday, January 10th. Robert W. Baird upgraded Nielsen from a neutral rating to an outperform rating in a research report on Monday, January 8th. Macquarie lowered Nielsen from an outperform rating to a neutral rating and set a $38.00 target price for the company. in a research report on Tuesday, January 2nd. Barclays lowered Nielsen from an equal weight rating to an underweight rating and decreased their target price for the stock from $45.00 to $38.00 in a research report on Thursday, December 14th. Finally, Citigroup upgraded Nielsen from a neutral rating to a buy rating and set a $45.00 target price for the company in a research report on Friday, November 17th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Nielsen has an average rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $42.59.

Shares of Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) opened at $33.60 on Friday. 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 has a twelve month low of $32.95 and a twelve month high of $45.73. The stock has a market capitalization of $12,020.00, a P/E ratio of 28.00, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.73 and a beta of 0.90.

Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 8th. The business services provider reported $0.71 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the 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 business had revenue of $1.76 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.76 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.44 earnings per share. Nielsen’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.3% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts anticipate that Nielsen will post 2.43 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In related news, SVP Jeffrey Charlton sold 3,080 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $36.01, for a total transaction of $110,910.80. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 10,100 shares in the company, valued at approximately $363,701. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, CFO Jamere Jackson sold 16,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, December 14th. The shares were 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 approximately $3,380,909.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 0.67% of the company’s stock.

A number of large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in NLSN. Cable Hill Partners LLC acquired a new position in Nielsen during the 3rd quarter worth $116,000. YorkBridge Wealth Partners LLC boosted its position in Nielsen by 3,670.1% during the 3rd quarter. YorkBridge Wealth Partners LLC now owns 3,280 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $136,000 after acquiring an additional 3,193 shares during the period. IFP Advisors Inc boosted its position in Nielsen by 133.5% during the 3rd quarter. IFP Advisors Inc now owns 3,605 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $149,000 after acquiring an additional 2,061 shares during the period. BB&T Investment Services Inc. acquired a new position in Nielsen during the 2nd quarter worth $151,000. Finally, Advisor Group Inc. boosted its position in Nielsen by 26.6% during the 2nd quarter. Advisor Group Inc. now owns 4,028 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $156,000 after acquiring an additional 847 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 97.86% of the company’s stock.

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About Nielsen

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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