AQR Capital Management LLC increased its position in Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) by 4.3% during the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 25,533 shares of the business services provider’s stock after buying an additional 1,057 shares during the period. AQR Capital Management LLC’s holdings in Nielsen N.V. were worth $1,055,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

A number of other hedge funds also recently modified their holdings of NLSN. M&T Bank Corp boosted its stake in Nielsen N.V. by 2.4% in the first quarter. M&T Bank Corp now owns 21,905 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $905,000 after buying an additional 504 shares in the last quarter. State of Wisconsin Investment Board boosted its stake in Nielsen N.V. by 11.8% in the first quarter. State of Wisconsin Investment Board now owns 516,946 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $21,355,000 after buying an additional 54,752 shares in the last quarter. UBS Group AG boosted its stake in Nielsen N.V. by 275.4% in the first quarter. UBS Group AG now owns 145,395 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $6,006,000 after buying an additional 106,660 shares in the last quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp boosted its stake in Nielsen N.V. by 9.8% in the first quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 6,507,059 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $268,805,000 after buying an additional 580,689 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Trexquant Investment LP acquired a new stake in Nielsen N.V. during the first quarter valued at about $1,801,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 94.96% of the company’s stock.

Nielsen N.V. (NLSN) traded down 0.21% during trading on Tuesday, reaching $42.99. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 278,551 shares. The firm has a market capitalization of $15.33 billion, a P/E ratio of 31.33 and a beta of 0.97. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $38.86 and a 200 day moving average of $40.87. Nielsen N.V. has a one year low of $36.96 and a one year high of $54.99.

Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 27th. The business services provider reported $0.49 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.63 by $0.14. Nielsen N.V. had a return on equity of 15.96% and a net margin of 7.68%. The firm had revenue of $1.64 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.65 billion. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.31 earnings per share. Nielsen N.V.’s quarterly revenue was up 3.0% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts predict that Nielsen N.V. will post $2.62 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, September 7th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, August 24th will be paid a dividend of $0.34 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, August 22nd. This represents a $1.36 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.16%. Nielsen N.V.’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 99.27%.

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NLSN has been the subject of several research analyst reports. Deutsche Bank AG reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $44.00 target price (down previously from $47.00) on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research report on Saturday, April 29th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Nielsen N.V. from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 12th. TheStreet cut Nielsen N.V. from a “b-” rating to a “c” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 25th. BidaskClub cut Nielsen N.V. from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, June 24th. Finally, Cantor Fitzgerald reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $48.00 target price on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research report on Friday, April 21st. Eight analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $46.64.

In other Nielsen N.V. news, CFO Jamere Jackson sold 11,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $38.55, for a total transaction of $443,325.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 87,888 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,388,082.40. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, insider Stephen Hasker sold 20,930 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $43.00, for a total value of $899,990.00. Following the sale, the insider now owns 79,341 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,411,663. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 1.20% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Nielsen N.V. Company Profile

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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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN)

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