Nielsen Holdings PLC (NYSE:NLSN) shares saw strong trading volume on Wednesday . 9,451,478 shares were traded during mid-day trading, an increase of 106% from the previous session’s volume of 4,577,281 shares.The stock last traded at $26.72 and had previously closed at $26.38.

A number of research analysts recently weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research cut Nielsen from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 31st. Morgan Stanley set a $27.00 target price on Nielsen and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday. Pivotal Research reduced their target price on Nielsen from $35.00 to $27.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Thursday, July 26th. Robert W. Baird lifted their target price on Nielsen from $26.00 to $30.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 14th. Finally, Citigroup reduced their target price on Nielsen from $41.00 to $29.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Monday, August 20th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company. Nielsen currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $30.77.

The company has a market capitalization of $9.49 billion, a P/E ratio of 14.21, a PEG ratio of 1.42 and a beta of 0.96. The company has a quick ratio of 1.19, a current ratio of 1.18 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.96.

Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 26th. The business services provider reported $0.20 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.59 by ($0.39). The company had revenue of $1.65 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.71 billion. Nielsen had a return on equity of 15.28% and a net margin of 5.57%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up .2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.37 EPS. research analysts forecast that Nielsen Holdings PLC will post 1.98 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, September 5th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, August 22nd were paid a dividend of $0.35 per share. This represents a $1.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 5.28%. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, August 21st. Nielsen’s dividend payout ratio is presently 66.35%.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the business. Piedmont Investment Advisors LLC acquired a new position in shares of Nielsen during the second quarter worth about $122,000. Point72 Hong Kong Ltd acquired a new position in shares of Nielsen during the second quarter worth about $188,000. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. lifted its stake in shares of Nielsen by 77.5% during the second quarter. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. now owns 6,477 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $200,000 after purchasing an additional 2,827 shares in the last quarter. Campbell & CO Investment Adviser LLC acquired a new position in shares of Nielsen in the second quarter worth about $201,000. Finally, Redwood Investment Management LLC acquired a new position in shares of Nielsen in the first quarter worth about $222,000. Institutional investors own 95.56% of the company’s stock.

Nielsen Company Profile (NYSE:NLSN)

Nielsen Holdings plc, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an information and measurement company. It operates through Buy and Watch segments. The company provides media and marketing information, analytics, and manufacturer and retailer expertise about what and where consumers buy, read, watch, and listen.

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