Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) hit a new 52-week low on Monday after BMO Capital Markets lowered their price target on the stock from $40.00 to $38.00. BMO Capital Markets currently has a market perform rating on the stock. Nielsen traded as low as $33.24 and last traded at $33.13, with a volume of 4749138 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $33.70.

NLSN has been the topic of several other research reports. SunTrust Banks restated a “buy” rating and issued a $42.00 price target on shares of Nielsen in a research report on Friday, November 10th. Cantor Fitzgerald restated a “hold” rating and issued a $45.00 price target on shares of Nielsen in a research report on Monday, October 23rd. Credit Suisse Group reduced their price target on shares of Nielsen from $47.00 to $46.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a research report on Thursday, October 26th. Needham & Company LLC reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Nielsen in a research report on Friday, October 27th. Finally, Morgan Stanley cut their price objective on shares of Nielsen from $47.00 to $46.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $42.59.

In other Nielsen news, SVP Jeffrey Charlton sold 3,080 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction 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 transaction, the senior vice president now owns 10,100 shares in the company, valued at $363,701. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, CFO Jamere Jackson sold 16,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, December 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $36.30, for a total transaction 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 disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 0.67% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of NLSN. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans boosted its stake 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 valued at $490,000 after purchasing an additional 320 shares during the period. Advisor Group Inc. boosted its stake 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 valued at $156,000 after purchasing an additional 847 shares during the period. Bank of Nova Scotia boosted its stake 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 valued at $773,000 after purchasing an additional 1,158 shares during the period. Nomura Holdings Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of Nielsen during the second quarter valued at $980,000. Finally, Toronto Dominion Bank boosted its stake in shares of Nielsen by 25.4% during the second quarter. Toronto Dominion Bank now owns 114,045 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $4,408,000 after purchasing an additional 23,114 shares during the period. 97.86% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

The company has a market capitalization of $12,020.00, a P/E ratio of 28.00, a PEG ratio of 1.73 and a beta of 0.90. 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 (NYSE:NLSN) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, February 8th. The business services provider reported $0.71 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.75 by ($0.04). The company had revenue of $1.76 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.76 billion. Nielsen had a net margin of 6.53% and a return on equity of 16.79%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.44 earnings per share. sell-side analysts predict that Nielsen N.V. will post 2.43 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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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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