Nielsen N.V. (NYSE: NLSN) has recently received a number of price target changes and ratings updates:

  • 8/5/2017 – Nielsen N.V. was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating.
  • 8/1/2017 – Nielsen N.V. was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Nielsen Holdings is a leading global information and measurement company which offers media and marketing information on what consumers watch and buy on a global and local basis. The company delivered strong second-quarter profits driven by the strength in its Watch segment. Weakness in the U.S. Buy segment continues to impact revenues. Continued dividend payment and share repurchase reflect Nielsen’s financial strength and commitment to return value to shareholders. Also, the company's product launches are progressing well and should drive revenues in the near term. However, continued investments in technology and infrastructure could weigh on margins and profitability, going forward. Year-to-date the stock has underperformed the Zacks Business-Information Services industryy.”
  • 7/31/2017 – Nielsen N.V. was upgraded by analysts at TheStreet from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating.
  • 7/28/2017 – Nielsen N.V. was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $45.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Nielsen Holdings is a leading global information and measurement company which offers media and marketing information on what consumers watch and buy on a global and local basis. The company delivered strong second-quarter profits driven by the strength in its Watch segment. Weakness in the U.S. Buy segment continues to impact revenues. Continued dividend payment and share repurchase reflect Nielsen’s financial strength and commitment to return value to shareholders. Also, the company's product launches are progressing well and should drive revenues in the near term. However, continued investments in technology and infrastructure could weigh on margins and profitability, going forward. Year-to-date the stock has underperformed the Zacks Business-Information Services industryy.”
  • 7/27/2017 – Nielsen N.V. had its price target lowered by analysts at Pivotal Research from $39.00 to $38.00. They now have a “hold” rating on the stock. They wrote, “We continue to rate the stock Hold. Nielsen reported 2Q17 revenue growth of +3.0%, or +4.1% on a constant currency basis, in line with StreetAccount consensus, although below our prior expectations. On an organic basis, revenues were up by around +1%. Once again, much of the softness in the quarter’s revenue was due to a decline in Buy-segment businesses, and weakness in the US in particular, which has been particularly impacted by increased cost scrutiny from large packaged goods marketers. Total segment level revenue fell by – 2.0% on a constant currency basis, with developed markets down -1.2%.””
  • 6/24/2017 – Nielsen N.V. was downgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating.
  • 6/21/2017 – Nielsen N.V. had its “overweight” rating reaffirmed by analysts at J P Morgan Chase & Co. They now have a $44.00 price target on the stock, down previously from $48.00.
  • 6/16/2017 – Nielsen N.V. was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating.

Nielsen N.V. (NLSN) opened at 41.17 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $14.68 billion, a P/E ratio of 30.01 and a beta of 0.97. Nielsen N.V. has a 12-month low of $36.96 and a 12-month high of $54.99. The company has a 50-day moving average of $39.68 and a 200 day moving average of $40.92.

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

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, September 7th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, August 24th will be issued a dividend of $0.34 per share. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, August 22nd. This represents a $1.36 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.30%. Nielsen N.V.’s dividend payout ratio is currently 99.27%.

In other Nielsen N.V. news, CFO Jamere Jackson sold 11,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 30th. The shares were 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 of the company’s stock, valued at $3,388,082.40. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, insider Stephen Hasker sold 20,930 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $43.00, for a total transaction of $899,990.00. Following the sale, the insider now directly 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 corporate insiders.

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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