Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC raised its position in Nielsen Holdings PLC (NYSE:NLSN) by 105.9% during the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 41,480 shares of the business services provider’s stock after buying an additional 21,337 shares during the quarter. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC’s holdings in Nielsen were worth $1,283,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also recently modified their holdings of NLSN. Wells Fargo & Company MN grew its holdings in shares of Nielsen by 20.0% during the 1st quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 1,831,132 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $58,211,000 after purchasing an additional 304,685 shares in the last quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. grew its holdings in shares of Nielsen by 29.7% during the 1st quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 283,733 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $9,020,000 after purchasing an additional 64,993 shares in the last quarter. M&T Bank Corp grew its holdings in shares of Nielsen by 125.2% during the 1st quarter. M&T Bank Corp now owns 27,379 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $871,000 after purchasing an additional 15,219 shares in the last quarter. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. grew its holdings in shares of Nielsen by 189.2% during the 1st quarter. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. now owns 147,852 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $4,701,000 after purchasing an additional 96,724 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. grew its holdings in shares of Nielsen by 5.9% during the 1st quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 1,240,723 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $39,443,000 after purchasing an additional 68,808 shares in the last quarter. 95.56% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Shares of NLSN stock opened at $27.22 on Tuesday. The company has a quick ratio of 1.19, a current ratio of 1.18 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.96. Nielsen Holdings PLC has a twelve month low of $20.53 and a twelve month high of $42.15. The firm has a market cap of $9.49 billion, a P/E ratio of 12.90, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.42 and a beta of 0.96.

Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 26th. The business services provider reported $0.20 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.59 by ($0.39). The business had revenue of $1.65 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.71 billion. Nielsen had a return on equity of 15.28% and a net margin of 5.57%. Nielsen’s quarterly revenue was up .2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.37 earnings per share. research analysts expect that Nielsen Holdings PLC will post 1.98 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, September 5th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, August 22nd were given a $0.35 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, August 21st. This represents a $1.40 annualized dividend and a yield of 5.14%. Nielsen’s dividend payout ratio is presently 66.35%.

Several analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Morgan Stanley set a $27.00 target price on Nielsen and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, September 13th. Barclays upgraded Nielsen from an “underweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and upped their price objective for the stock from $21.00 to $27.00 in a research report on Tuesday, August 14th. Goldman Sachs Group downgraded Nielsen from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, July 2nd. Pivotal Research upgraded Nielsen from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $35.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Monday, June 4th. Finally, Citigroup dropped their price objective on Nielsen from $41.00 to $29.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research report on Monday, August 20th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $30.77.

Nielsen Company Profile

Nielsen Holdings plc, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an information and measurement company. It operates through Buy and Watch segments. The company provides media and marketing information, analytics, and manufacturer and retailer expertise about what and where consumers buy, read, watch, and listen.

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