Nielsen Holdings PLC (NYSE:NLSN) was the target of a large decrease in short interest during the month of July. As of July 31st, there was short interest totalling 11,595,800 shares, a decrease of 8.2% from the June 30th total of 12,629,100 shares. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 3,150,000 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 3.7 days. Currently, 3.3% of the shares of the company are sold short.

A number of research analysts recently commented on the stock. ValuEngine lowered shares of Nielsen from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 28th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Nielsen from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 22nd. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $26.25.

Several large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Parallel Advisors LLC grew its position in shares of Nielsen by 75.2% during the 1st quarter. Parallel Advisors LLC now owns 1,051 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $25,000 after purchasing an additional 451 shares in the last quarter. ETF Managers Group LLC grew its position in shares of Nielsen by 14.2% during the 1st quarter. ETF Managers Group LLC now owns 4,681 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $111,000 after purchasing an additional 581 shares in the last quarter. CIBC Asset Management Inc grew its position in shares of Nielsen by 2.7% during the 2nd quarter. CIBC Asset Management Inc now owns 22,353 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $505,000 after purchasing an additional 592 shares in the last quarter. Mason Street Advisors LLC grew its position in shares of Nielsen by 1.3% during the 1st quarter. Mason Street Advisors LLC now owns 50,709 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $1,200,000 after purchasing an additional 662 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Bank of The West grew its position in shares of Nielsen by 4.9% during the 2nd quarter. Bank of The West now owns 15,054 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $340,000 after purchasing an additional 706 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 95.24% of the company’s stock.

NLSN traded down $0.69 on Thursday, reaching $20.23. The company had a trading volume of 2,640,278 shares, compared to its average volume of 3,484,339. Nielsen has a fifty-two week low of $20.22 and a fifty-two week high of $28.50. The stock has a market cap of $7.44 billion, a P/E ratio of 11.69, a P/E/G ratio of 1.11 and a beta of 0.91. The company’s fifty day moving average is $22.71 and its 200 day moving average is $24.46. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.90, a quick ratio of 1.07 and a current ratio of 1.07.

Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, July 31st. The business services provider reported $0.50 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.38 by $0.12. Nielsen had a negative net margin of 10.70% and a positive return on equity of 18.97%. The business had revenue of $1.63 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.63 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.20 EPS. Nielsen’s quarterly revenue was down 1.2% on a year-over-year basis. On average, sell-side analysts expect that Nielsen will post 1.58 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, September 5th. Investors of record on Thursday, August 22nd will be paid a $0.35 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, August 21st. This represents a $1.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 6.92%. This is a positive change from Nielsen’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.31. Nielsen’s dividend payout ratio is 80.92%.

About Nielsen

Nielsen Holdings plc, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a measurement and data analytics company. It operates in two segments, Buy and Watch. The Buy segment provides retail transactional measurement data, consumer behavior information, and analytics primarily to businesses in the consumer packaged goods industry.

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