Zacks Investment Research Downgrades Nielsen N.V. (NLSN) to Hold

Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) was downgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note issued to investors on Tuesday, August 1st.

According to Zacks, “Nielsen Holdings is a leading global information and measurement company which offers media and marketing information on what consumers watch and buy on a global and local basis. The company delivered strong second-quarter profits driven by the strength in its Watch segment. Weakness in the U.S. Buy segment continues to impact revenues. Continued dividend payment and share repurchase reflect Nielsen’s financial strength and commitment to return value to shareholders. Also, the company's product launches are progressing well and should drive revenues in the near term. However, continued investments in technology and infrastructure could weigh on margins and profitability, going forward. Year-to-date the stock has underperformed the Zacks Business-Information Services industryy.”

Several other equities analysts also recently weighed in on NLSN. Pivotal Research cut their price target on shares of Nielsen N.V. from $39.00 to $38.00 and set a “hold” rating on the stock in a report on Thursday, July 27th. Deutsche Bank AG cut their price target on shares of Nielsen N.V. from $44.00 to $40.00 and set a “hold” rating on the stock in a report on Tuesday, May 30th. Citigroup Inc. reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and set a $42.00 price objective (down previously from $45.00) on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research note on Thursday, June 1st. J P Morgan Chase & Co reaffirmed an “overweight” rating and set a $44.00 price objective (down previously from $48.00) on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research note on Wednesday, June 21st. Finally, Cantor Fitzgerald dropped their price objective on shares of Nielsen N.V. from $48.00 to $46.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, April 28th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $46.64.

Nielsen N.V. (NLSN) opened at 39.66 on Tuesday. The company has a 50 day moving average of $40.05 and a 200-day moving average of $40.91. The stock has a market cap of $14.14 billion, a P/E ratio of 28.91 and a beta of 0.97. Nielsen N.V. has a 12-month low of $36.96 and a 12-month high of $54.99.

Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The business services provider reported $0.49 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.63 by $0.14. Nielsen N.V. had a return on equity of 15.96% and a net margin of 7.68%. The business had revenue of $1.64 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.65 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.31 EPS. Nielsen N.V.’s quarterly revenue was up 3.0% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts forecast that Nielsen N.V. will post $2.60 earnings per share for the current year.

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In related news, insider Stephen Hasker sold 20,930 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $43.00, for a total transaction of $899,990.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 79,341 shares in the company, valued at $3,411,663. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, CFO Jamere Jackson sold 11,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $38.55, for a total value of $443,325.00. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 87,888 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,388,082.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 1.20% of the company’s stock.

A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Washington Trust Bank boosted its stake in Nielsen N.V. by 0.4% in the second quarter. Washington Trust Bank now owns 8,318 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $322,000 after buying an additional 36 shares during the last quarter. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. boosted its stake in Nielsen N.V. by 2.5% in the second quarter. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. now owns 3,620 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $140,000 after buying an additional 87 shares during the last quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System boosted its stake in Nielsen N.V. by 0.5% in the second quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System now owns 20,800 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $804,000 after buying an additional 100 shares during the last quarter. Creative Planning boosted its stake in 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 buying an additional 103 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Beese Fulmer Investment Management Inc. boosted its stake in Nielsen N.V. by 2.6% in the first quarter. Beese Fulmer Investment Management Inc. now owns 5,010 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $207,000 after buying an additional 125 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 96.05% of the company’s stock.

Nielsen N.V. 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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