Nielsen Holdings PLC (NYSE:NLSN) Given Consensus Recommendation of “Hold” by Brokerages

Shares of Nielsen Holdings PLC (NYSE:NLSN) have been given an average rating of “Hold” by the thirteen research firms that are covering the company, Marketbeat.com reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month target price among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $27.73.

A number of research analysts recently weighed in on NLSN shares. Credit Suisse Group set a $27.00 price objective on Nielsen and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, March 1st. BMO Capital Markets raised their price objective on Nielsen from $24.00 to $26.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research report on Monday, March 4th. ValuEngine raised Nielsen from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 5th. SunTrust Banks set a $28.00 target price on Nielsen and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, March 28th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Nielsen from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 1st.

NLSN stock traded up $0.46 on Monday, reaching $23.52. 119,382 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 3,165,583. Nielsen has a one year low of $20.53 and a one year high of $32.06. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.76, a quick ratio of 1.07 and a current ratio of 1.07. The company has a market cap of $8.25 billion, a P/E ratio of 13.54, a P/E/G ratio of 1.21 and a beta of 0.95. The firm’s fifty day simple moving average is $23.70.

Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, April 30th. The business services provider reported $0.35 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.27 by $0.08. Nielsen had a positive return on equity of 15.52% and a negative net margin of 11.46%. The company had revenue of $1.56 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.57 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.40 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 2.9% on a year-over-year basis. As a group, sell-side analysts forecast that Nielsen will post 1.58 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, June 19th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, June 5th will be issued a $0.35 dividend. This represents a $1.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 5.95%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, June 4th. Nielsen’s payout ratio is 80.92%.

Several hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Vanguard Group Inc raised its position in Nielsen by 1.9% during the third quarter. Vanguard Group Inc now owns 37,099,203 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $1,026,163,000 after acquiring an additional 688,591 shares in the last quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. raised its position in Nielsen by 27.9% during the fourth quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. now owns 7,808 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $182,000 after acquiring an additional 1,704 shares in the last quarter. TD Asset Management Inc. raised its position in Nielsen by 8.1% during the fourth quarter. TD Asset Management Inc. now owns 153,597 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $3,584,000 after acquiring an additional 11,573 shares in the last quarter. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund raised its position in Nielsen by 2,202.5% during the fourth quarter. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund now owns 843,869 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $36,000 after acquiring an additional 807,219 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Stevens Capital Management LP bought a new position in Nielsen during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $960,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 95.39% of the company’s stock.

About Nielsen

Nielsen Holdings plc, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a measurement and data analytics company. It operates in two segments, Buy and Watch. The Buy segment provides retail transactional measurement data, consumer behavior information, and analytics primarily to businesses in the consumer packaged goods industry.

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