Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN)‘s stock had its “hold” rating reiterated by investment analysts at BMO Capital Markets in a report issued on Wednesday. They currently have a $44.00 price objective on the business services provider’s stock. BMO Capital Markets’ price target would suggest a potential upside of 11.75% from the company’s previous close.

NLSN has been the subject of a number of other reports. Deutsche Bank AG lowered their price target on 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. BidaskClub cut Nielsen N.V. from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Saturday, June 24th. Pivotal Research reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $38.00 price target on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research note on Sunday, September 10th. J P Morgan Chase & Co reiterated an “overweight” rating and issued a $44.00 price objective (down from $48.00) on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research report on Wednesday, June 21st. Finally, Needham & Company LLC reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $55.00 price objective on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research report on Tuesday. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Nielsen N.V. currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $46.64.

Nielsen N.V. (NLSN) opened at 39.38 on Wednesday. The firm has a market capitalization of $14.04 billion, a PE ratio of 28.70 and a beta of 1.00. Nielsen N.V. has a one year low of $36.96 and a one year high of $54.99. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $40.38 and a 200 day moving average of $40.33.

Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The business services provider reported $0.49 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.63 by ($0.14). The company had revenue of $1.64 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.65 billion. Nielsen N.V. had a net margin of 7.68% and a return on equity of 15.96%. The business’s revenue was up 3.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.31 earnings per share. Equities analysts forecast that Nielsen N.V. will post $2.60 EPS for the current year.

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In other news, insider Stephen Hasker sold 20,930 shares of the 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 completion of the sale, the insider now owns 79,341 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,411,663. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, Director Karen M. Hoguet sold 18,620 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, September 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $39.01, for a total value of $726,366.20. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 44,080 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,719,560.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 43,312 shares of company stock valued at $1,811,484. 0.67% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Washington Trust Bank raised 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 valued at $322,000 after acquiring an additional 36 shares during the period. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. raised its stake in Nielsen N.V. by 2.5% in the 2nd quarter. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. now owns 3,620 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $140,000 after acquiring an additional 87 shares during the period. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System raised 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 valued at $804,000 after acquiring an additional 100 shares during the period. Creative Planning raised 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 valued at $139,000 after acquiring an additional 103 shares during the period. Finally, CIBC Asset Management Inc raised 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 valued at $812,000 after acquiring an additional 138 shares during the period. 96.32% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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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