First Mercantile Trust Co. purchased a new position in shares of Nielsen Holdings PLC (NYSE:NLSN) in the third quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The firm purchased 6,850 shares of the business services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $189,000.

Several other institutional investors and hedge funds have also recently modified their holdings of NLSN. Piedmont Investment Advisors LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Nielsen in the 2nd quarter valued at about $122,000. Rockefeller Capital Management L.P. acquired a new stake in shares of Nielsen in the 3rd quarter valued at about $187,000. Point72 Hong Kong Ltd acquired a new stake in shares of Nielsen in the 2nd quarter valued at about $188,000. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. grew its stake in shares of Nielsen by 77.5% in the 2nd quarter. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. now owns 6,477 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $200,000 after buying an additional 2,827 shares during the period. Finally, Dupont Capital Management Corp grew its stake in shares of Nielsen by 127.8% in the 2nd quarter. Dupont Capital Management Corp now owns 7,532 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $233,000 after buying an additional 4,225 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 95.57% of the company’s stock.

Several analysts have recently commented on NLSN shares. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Nielsen from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 31st. Pivotal Research reduced their target price on Nielsen from $35.00 to $27.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, July 26th. Needham & Company LLC reduced their target price on Nielsen to $30.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research note on Friday, July 27th. Citigroup reduced their target price on Nielsen from $41.00 to $29.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research note on Monday, August 20th. Finally, Robert W. Baird raised their target price on Nielsen from $26.00 to $30.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 14th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $29.67.

NLSN stock opened at $25.72 on Monday. The stock has a market cap of $9.13 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.19, a P/E/G ratio of 1.39 and a beta of 0.88. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.97, a current ratio of 1.14 and a quick ratio of 1.14. Nielsen Holdings PLC has a 52-week low of $20.53 and a 52-week high of $39.25.

Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 25th. The business services provider reported $0.27 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.25 by $0.02. The business had revenue of $1.60 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.58 billion. Nielsen had a return on equity of 14.56% and a net margin of 4.85%. On average, analysts forecast that Nielsen Holdings PLC will post 1.95 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, December 5th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, November 21st will be paid a dividend of $0.35 per share. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, November 20th. This represents a $1.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 5.44%. Nielsen’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 66.35%.

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Nielsen Company Profile

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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