Boston Partners boosted its position in Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) by 71.2% during the second quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor owned 3,920,748 shares of the business services provider’s stock after buying an additional 1,630,827 shares during the period. Boston Partners’ holdings in Nielsen N.V. were worth $151,576,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Several other large investors have also recently bought and sold shares of the company. Creative Planning increased its stake in Nielsen N.V. by 3.0% in the second quarter. Creative Planning now owns 3,593 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $139,000 after buying an additional 103 shares in the last quarter. Beese Fulmer Investment Management Inc. increased its stake in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 2.6% in the first quarter. Beese Fulmer Investment Management Inc. now owns 5,010 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $207,000 after buying an additional 125 shares during the period. IBM Retirement Fund increased its stake in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 33.3% in the second quarter. IBM Retirement Fund now owns 5,351 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $207,000 after buying an additional 1,336 shares during the period. Garde Capital Inc. bought a new stake in shares of Nielsen N.V. during the second quarter worth about $213,000. Finally, Wilbanks Smith & Thomas Asset Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Nielsen N.V. during the first quarter worth about $220,000. Institutional investors own 94.96% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Nielsen N.V. (NYSE NLSN) opened at 40.79 on Friday. Nielsen N.V. has a one year low of $36.96 and a one year high of $54.99. The stock has a market capitalization of $14.54 billion, a P/E ratio of 29.73 and a beta of 0.97. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $39.78 and a 200 day moving average price of $40.92.

Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) last released its quarterly earnings results 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. The firm had revenue of $1.64 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.65 billion. Nielsen N.V. had a net margin of 7.68% and a return on equity of 15.96%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 3.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.31 EPS. Equities analysts forecast that Nielsen N.V. will post $2.62 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, September 7th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, August 24th will be given a dividend of $0.34 per share. This represents a $1.36 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.33%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, August 22nd. Nielsen N.V.’s payout ratio is presently 99.27%.

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A number of equities research analysts have issued reports on NLSN shares. Deutsche Bank AG restated a “buy” rating and set a $47.00 price objective on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research report on Monday, April 17th. BMO Capital Markets restated a “hold” rating and set a $45.00 price objective on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research report on Monday, April 17th. Cantor Fitzgerald restated a “hold” rating and set a $48.00 price objective on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research report on Friday, April 21st. Telsey Advisory Group downgraded Nielsen N.V. from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and decreased their price objective for the company from $54.00 to $44.00 in a research report on Wednesday, April 26th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Nielsen N.V. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $47.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, April 26th. Eight research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Nielsen N.V. has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $46.64.

In other news, CFO Jamere Jackson sold 11,500 shares of Nielsen N.V. 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 sale, the chief financial officer now owns 87,888 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,388,082.40. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, insider Stephen Hasker sold 20,930 shares of Nielsen N.V. 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 in the company, valued at approximately $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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