Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) had its target price lowered by Morgan Stanley from $49.00 to $47.00 in a research note published on Friday morning. The brokerage currently has an overweight rating on the business services provider’s stock.

Other equities research analysts have also issued research reports about the stock. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Nielsen N.V. from a hold rating to a strong sell rating in a report on Thursday, August 17th. BidaskClub lowered shares of Nielsen N.V. from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Saturday, August 19th. Sanford C. Bernstein reaffirmed an outperform rating on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research note on Tuesday, September 12th. TheStreet raised shares of Nielsen N.V. from a c rating to a b- rating in a research note on Monday, July 31st. Finally, Pivotal Research reduced their target price on shares of Nielsen N.V. from $39.00 to $38.00 and set a hold rating on the stock in a research note on Thursday, July 27th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company. Nielsen N.V. presently has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $44.20.

Shares of Nielsen N.V. (NYSE NLSN) traded down $0.48 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $36.62. 3,805,600 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 4,016,323. Nielsen N.V. has a 12-month low of $34.22 and a 12-month high of $45.73. The company has a current ratio of 1.41, a quick ratio of 1.41 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.88. The company has a market cap of $13,042.87, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.23, a P/E/G ratio of 1.73 and a beta of 0.95.

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The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, December 5th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, November 21st will be issued a dividend of $0.34 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, November 20th. This represents a $1.36 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.71%. Nielsen N.V.’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 95.78%.

In other Nielsen N.V. news, Director Karen M. Hoguet sold 18,620 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred 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 in the company, valued at approximately $1,719,560.80. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, SVP Jeffrey Charlton sold 3,762 shares of Nielsen N.V. stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, September 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $49.21, for a total transaction of $185,128.02. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 0.67% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of NLSN. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its holdings in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 1.3% in the first quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,250,238 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $51,645,000 after purchasing an additional 16,359 shares during the last quarter. AQR Capital Management LLC raised its holdings in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 4.3% in the first quarter. AQR Capital Management LLC now owns 25,533 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $1,055,000 after purchasing an additional 1,057 shares during the last quarter. Nuveen Asset Management LLC raised its holdings in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 83.8% in the first quarter. Nuveen Asset Management LLC now owns 38,472 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $1,589,000 after purchasing an additional 17,543 shares during the last quarter. Xact Kapitalforvaltning AB raised its holdings in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 1.5% in the second quarter. Xact Kapitalforvaltning AB now owns 44,886 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $1,735,000 after purchasing an additional 648 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Creative Planning raised its holdings in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 3.0% in the second quarter. Creative Planning now owns 3,593 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $139,000 after purchasing an additional 103 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 96.59% of the company’s stock.

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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