State of Tennessee Treasury Department grew its stake in Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) by 0.1% in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 91,862 shares of the business services provider’s stock after buying an additional 52 shares during the period. State of Tennessee Treasury Department’s holdings in Nielsen N.V. were worth $3,551,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

A number of other hedge funds also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Washington Trust Bank grew its stake in Nielsen N.V. by 0.4% in the 2nd quarter. Washington Trust Bank now owns 8,318 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $322,000 after buying an additional 36 shares in the last quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System grew its stake in Nielsen N.V. by 0.5% in the 2nd quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System now owns 20,800 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $804,000 after buying an additional 100 shares in the last quarter. Creative Planning grew its stake in Nielsen N.V. by 3.0% in the 2nd 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. CIBC Asset Management Inc grew its stake in Nielsen N.V. by 0.7% in the 2nd quarter. CIBC Asset Management Inc now owns 20,998 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $812,000 after buying an additional 138 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Trust Co. of Oklahoma grew its stake in Nielsen N.V. by 2.1% in the 2nd quarter. Trust Co. of Oklahoma now owns 13,634 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $527,000 after buying an additional 274 shares in the last quarter. 96.32% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

In other news, SVP Jeffrey Charlton sold 3,762 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, September 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $49.21, for a total transaction of $185,128.02. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, Director Karen M. Hoguet sold 18,620 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, September 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $39.01, for a total transaction of $726,366.20. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 44,080 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,719,560.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 43,312 shares of company stock valued at $1,811,484 over the last ninety days. 0.67% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Shares of Nielsen N.V. (NYSE NLSN) opened at 39.05 on Thursday. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $40.38 and its 200 day moving average is $40.35. The stock has a market cap of $13.92 billion, a PE ratio of 28.46 and a beta of 1.00. Nielsen N.V. has a 12 month low of $36.96 and a 12 month 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 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 return on equity of 15.96% and a net margin of 7.68%. 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 earned $0.31 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts predict that Nielsen N.V. will post $2.60 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, September 7th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, August 24th were paid a dividend of $0.34 per share. This represents a $1.36 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.48%. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, August 22nd. Nielsen N.V.’s payout ratio is 99.27%.

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NLSN has been the subject of a number of research reports. Deutsche Bank AG cut their price target on shares of Nielsen N.V. from $44.00 to $40.00 and set a “hold” rating for the company in a research note on Tuesday, May 30th. Citigroup Inc. reissued a “neutral” rating and issued a $42.00 price target (down previously from $45.00) on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research note on Thursday, June 1st. BidaskClub raised shares of Nielsen N.V. from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, June 16th. J P Morgan Chase & Co reaffirmed an “overweight” rating and issued a $44.00 price objective (down previously from $48.00) on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research note on Wednesday, June 21st. Finally, Pivotal Research cut their price objective on shares of Nielsen N.V. from $39.00 to $38.00 and set a “hold” rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, July 27th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the stock. Nielsen N.V. presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $46.64.

About Nielsen N.V.

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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