Equities research analysts forecast that Nielsen Holdings PLC (NYSE:NLSN) will report earnings of $0.53 per share for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks. Seven analysts have provided estimates for Nielsen’s earnings. The highest EPS estimate is $0.58 and the lowest is $0.51. Nielsen posted earnings of $0.62 per share during the same quarter last year, which would suggest a negative year over year growth rate of 14.5%. The firm is expected to announce its next quarterly earnings report before the market opens on Wednesday, October 24th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Nielsen will report full-year earnings of $2.07 per share for the current year, with EPS estimates ranging from $2.04 to $2.10. For the next financial year, analysts anticipate that the company will post earnings of $2.31 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $2.04 to $2.56. Zacks Investment Research’s earnings per share averages are an average based on a survey of research firms that follow Nielsen.

Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 26th. The business services provider reported $0.20 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.59 by ($0.39). Nielsen had a net margin of 5.57% and a return on equity of 15.28%. The firm had revenue of $1.65 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.71 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.37 earnings per share. The business’s quarterly revenue was up .2% compared to the same quarter last year.

A number of brokerages have commented on NLSN. Zacks Investment Research lowered Nielsen from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 31st. Pivotal Research reduced their target price on Nielsen from $35.00 to $27.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Thursday, July 26th. Morgan Stanley set a $26.00 target price on Nielsen and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 14th. Robert W. Baird increased their target price on Nielsen from $26.00 to $30.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 14th. Finally, Citigroup reduced their target price on Nielsen from $41.00 to $29.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Monday, August 20th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $30.77.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Piedmont Investment Advisors LLC bought a new stake in shares of Nielsen during the 2nd quarter worth $122,000. Point72 Hong Kong Ltd bought a new stake in shares of Nielsen during the 2nd quarter worth $188,000. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. lifted its position in shares of Nielsen by 77.5% during the 2nd quarter. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. now owns 6,477 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $200,000 after buying an additional 2,827 shares during the last quarter. Campbell & CO Investment Adviser LLC bought a new stake in shares of Nielsen during the 2nd quarter worth $201,000. Finally, Rampart Investment Management Company LLC lifted its position in shares of Nielsen by 76.0% during the 1st quarter. Rampart Investment Management Company LLC now owns 7,352 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $234,000 after buying an additional 3,175 shares during the last quarter. 95.56% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

NYSE NLSN traded up $0.40 on Friday, reaching $26.15. The stock had a trading volume of 4,221,827 shares, compared to its average volume of 4,517,318. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.96, a current ratio of 1.18 and a quick ratio of 1.19. Nielsen has a 1-year low of $20.53 and a 1-year high of $42.15. The firm has a market cap of $9.83 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.39, a P/E/G ratio of 1.47 and a beta of 0.93.

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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