Tredje AP fonden raised its position in shares of Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) by 28.2% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The fund owned 13,740 shares of the business services provider’s stock after buying an additional 3,020 shares during the quarter. Tredje AP fonden’s holdings in Nielsen N.V. were worth $531,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Other hedge funds have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. First Interstate Bank purchased a new stake in shares of Nielsen N.V. during the second quarter valued at about $124,000. Creative Planning lifted its position in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 3.0% during the second quarter. Creative Planning now owns 3,593 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $139,000 after buying an additional 103 shares during the last quarter. Wilbanks Smith & Thomas Asset Management LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Nielsen N.V. during the first quarter valued at about $220,000. IBM Retirement Fund lifted its position in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 33.3% during the second quarter. IBM Retirement Fund now owns 5,351 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $207,000 after buying an additional 1,336 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. lifted its position in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 50.7% during the first quarter. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. now owns 5,357 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $221,000 after buying an additional 1,802 shares during the last quarter. 96.32% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Several equities analysts recently commented on NLSN shares. BidaskClub lowered shares of Nielsen N.V. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Saturday, August 19th. TheStreet raised shares of Nielsen N.V. from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a research report on Monday, July 31st. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Nielsen N.V. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 1st. Citigroup Inc. reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and issued a $42.00 price objective (down from $45.00) on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research report on Thursday, June 1st. Finally, Sanford C. Bernstein reaffirmed an “outperform” rating on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research report on Tuesday. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $46.64.

In other news, insider Stephen Hasker sold 20,930 shares of the company’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 transaction of $899,990.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 79,341 shares in the company, valued at $3,411,663. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director Karen M. Hoguet sold 18,620 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, September 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $39.01, for a total value of $726,366.20. Following the sale, the director now 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. Insiders have sold 43,312 shares of company stock valued at $1,811,484 in the last 90 days. Company insiders own 0.67% of the company’s stock.

Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) opened at 39.85 on Friday. The company has a 50-day moving average of $40.34 and a 200 day moving average of $40.30. Nielsen N.V. has a one year low of $36.96 and a one year high of $54.99. The firm has a market cap of $14.21 billion, a P/E ratio of 29.05 and a beta of 1.00.

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). Nielsen N.V. had a return on equity of 15.96% and a net margin of 7.68%. The company had revenue of $1.64 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.65 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.31 EPS. Nielsen N.V.’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.0% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts expect that Nielsen N.V. will post $2.60 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, September 7th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, August 24th were paid a dividend of $0.34 per share. This represents a $1.36 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.41%. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, August 22nd. Nielsen N.V.’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 99.27%.

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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.

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

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