Nielsen N.V. (NLSN) Receives $42.46 Average Target Price from Analysts

Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) has earned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the twenty ratings firms that are presently covering the firm, Marketbeat reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, eight have given a hold recommendation and nine have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12 month price target among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $42.46.

Several research firms have commented on NLSN. Cantor Fitzgerald reissued a “hold” rating and set a $45.00 price objective on shares of Nielsen in a report on Monday, October 23rd. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Nielsen from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, September 27th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Nielsen from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, September 26th. BMO Capital Markets restated a “hold” rating and set a $44.00 target price on shares of Nielsen in a research report on Wednesday, September 13th. Finally, Needham & Company LLC restated a “buy” rating on shares of Nielsen in a research report on Friday, October 27th.

Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) traded down $0.07 on Monday, hitting $36.26. 3,308,900 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 4,288,128. Nielsen has a twelve month low of $34.22 and a twelve month high of $45.73. The company has a market cap of $12,910.00, a P/E ratio of 25.54, a PEG ratio of 1.77 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.

In other Nielsen news, CEO Dwight Barns acquired 13,631 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, December 1st. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $36.86 per share, for a total transaction of $502,438.66. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, SVP Jeffrey Charlton sold 3,080 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $36.01, for a total transaction of $110,910.80. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 10,100 shares in the company, valued at $363,701. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.67% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in NLSN. Capital Research Global Investors boosted its stake in Nielsen by 21.2% in the second quarter. Capital Research Global Investors now owns 38,007,292 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $1,469,362,000 after acquiring an additional 6,648,088 shares in the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its stake in Nielsen by 1.7% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 35,309,380 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $1,365,061,000 after acquiring an additional 605,114 shares in the last quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp boosted its stake in Nielsen by 0.3% in the third 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 acquiring an additional 18,276 shares in the last quarter. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC boosted its stake in Nielsen by 3.5% in the third quarter. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC now owns 5,910,598 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $244,994,000 after acquiring an additional 200,403 shares in the last quarter. Finally, The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company boosted its stake in Nielsen by 143.0% in the second 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 acquiring an additional 2,870,282 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 95.62% of the company’s stock.

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Nielsen 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.

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