Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) had its target price reduced by BMO Capital Markets from $43.00 to $40.00 in a research note issued to investors on Friday morning. BMO Capital Markets currently has a market perform rating on the business services provider’s stock.

NLSN has been the subject of several other research reports. TheStreet raised shares of Nielsen N.V. from a c rating to a b- rating in a research note on Monday, July 31st. Needham & Company LLC reaffirmed a buy rating and set a $55.00 price objective on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research note on Tuesday, September 12th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Nielsen N.V. from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $45.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Friday, July 28th. BidaskClub raised shares of Nielsen N.V. from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 27th. Finally, Pivotal Research reduced 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. Two analysts have 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 has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $44.20.

Nielsen N.V. (NYSE NLSN) traded down $0.45 on Friday, hitting $36.17. 3,509,800 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 2,901,744. The stock has a market capitalization of $12,880.00, a P/E ratio of 20.23, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.73 and a beta of 0.94. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.88, a current ratio of 1.41 and a quick ratio of 1.41. Nielsen N.V. has a 52-week low of $34.22 and a 52-week high of $45.73.

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The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, December 5th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, November 21st will be issued a $0.34 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Monday, November 20th. This represents a $1.36 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.76%. Nielsen N.V.’s payout ratio is 95.77%.

In related news, Director Karen M. Hoguet sold 18,620 shares of Nielsen N.V. stock in a transaction 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 transaction, the director now directly owns 44,080 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,719,560.80. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, SVP Jeffrey Charlton sold 3,762 shares of Nielsen N.V. stock in a transaction on Monday, September 11th. The stock was 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. Insiders own 0.67% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Capital Research Global Investors increased its stake in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 21.2% in the second quarter. Capital Research Global Investors now owns 38,007,292 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $1,469,362,000 after buying an additional 6,648,088 shares during the period. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its position in Nielsen N.V. by 1.7% during the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 35,309,380 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $1,365,061,000 after purchasing an additional 605,114 shares during the period. Bank of New York Mellon Corp increased its position in Nielsen N.V. by 0.3% during the 3rd quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 6,505,579 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $269,656,000 after purchasing an additional 18,276 shares during the period. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company increased its position in Nielsen N.V. by 143.0% during the 2nd quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 4,877,253 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $188,555,000 after purchasing an additional 2,870,282 shares during the period. Finally, Black Creek Investment Management Inc. increased its position in Nielsen N.V. by 36.3% during the 2nd quarter. Black Creek Investment Management Inc. now owns 4,740,168 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $183,255,000 after purchasing an additional 1,262,493 shares during the period. 95.67% of the stock is currently 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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