Epoch Investment Partners Inc. lessened its holdings in Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) by 1.5% in the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 1,079,646 shares of the business services provider’s stock after selling 16,179 shares during the quarter. Epoch Investment Partners Inc. owned 0.30% of Nielsen worth $44,751,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.
Several other institutional investors have also made changes to their positions in NLSN. Group One Trading L.P. acquired a new position in Nielsen in the second quarter valued at about $108,000. Cable Hill Partners LLC acquired a new position in Nielsen in the third quarter valued at about $116,000. First Interstate Bank acquired a new position in Nielsen in the second quarter valued at about $124,000. YorkBridge Wealth Partners LLC raised its stake in Nielsen by 3,670.1% in the third quarter. YorkBridge Wealth Partners LLC now owns 3,280 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $136,000 after purchasing an additional 3,193 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Creative Planning raised its stake in Nielsen 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 purchasing an additional 103 shares in the last quarter. 95.65% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.
In other Nielsen news, SVP Jeffrey Charlton sold 3,080 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $36.01, for a total transaction of $110,910.80. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 10,100 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $363,701. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, Director Luca Guerrino De bought 1,369 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, November 13th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $36.54 per share, with a total value of $50,023.26. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. In the last three months, insiders have sold 25,462 shares of company stock valued at $1,022,405. Insiders own 0.67% of the company’s stock.
Shares of Nielsen N.V. (NYSE NLSN) traded up $1.38 during midday trading on Tuesday, reaching $37.61. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 4,391,400 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,919,136. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.88, a quick ratio of 1.41 and a current ratio of 1.41. The firm has a market capitalization of $12,900.00, a P/E ratio of 20.02, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.71 and a beta of 0.93. Nielsen N.V. has a 12-month low of $34.22 and a 12-month high of $45.73.
The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, December 5th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, November 21st will be paid a dividend of $0.34 per share. This represents a $1.36 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.62%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, November 20th. Nielsen’s payout ratio is 95.77%.
A number of research analysts recently commented on NLSN shares. Needham & Company LLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $55.00 price target on shares of Nielsen in a research note on Tuesday, September 12th. BidaskClub raised Nielsen from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 27th. SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $42.00 price target on shares of Nielsen in a research note on Friday, November 10th. Citigroup raised Nielsen from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $45.00 price target for the company in a research note on Friday, November 17th. Finally, Cantor Fitzgerald reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $45.00 price target on shares of Nielsen in a research note on Monday, October 23rd. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $44.07.
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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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