HL Financial Services LLC Raises Holdings in Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN)

HL Financial Services LLC increased its position in Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) by 23.5% in the fourth quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 14,927 shares of the business services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 2,843 shares during the quarter. HL Financial Services LLC’s holdings in Nielsen were worth $543,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Several other institutional investors also recently bought and sold shares of the company. Cable Hill Partners LLC bought a new stake in Nielsen in the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $116,000. YorkBridge Wealth Partners LLC lifted its stake in Nielsen by 3,670.1% in the 3rd quarter. YorkBridge Wealth Partners LLC now owns 3,280 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $136,000 after acquiring an additional 3,193 shares in the last quarter. IFP Advisors Inc lifted its stake in Nielsen by 133.5% in the 3rd quarter. IFP Advisors Inc now owns 3,605 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $149,000 after acquiring an additional 2,061 shares in the last quarter. BB&T Investment Services Inc. bought a new stake in Nielsen in the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $151,000. Finally, Advisor Group Inc. lifted its stake in Nielsen by 26.6% in the 2nd quarter. Advisor Group Inc. now owns 4,028 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $156,000 after acquiring an additional 847 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 97.86% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Nielsen N.V. (NLSN) traded down $0.17 during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $32.89. The company had a trading volume of 3,940,078 shares, compared to its average volume of 4,591,236. The company has a current ratio of 1.34, a quick ratio of 1.34 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.88. The company has a market cap of $11,983.24, a P/E ratio of 27.09, a P/E/G ratio of 1.69 and a beta of 0.91. Nielsen N.V. has a twelve month low of $32.33 and a twelve month high of $45.73.

Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, February 8th. The business services provider reported $0.71 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.75 by ($0.04). The firm had revenue of $1.76 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.76 billion. Nielsen had a net margin of 6.53% and a return on equity of 16.79%. Nielsen’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.44 earnings per share. analysts anticipate that Nielsen N.V. will post 2.49 EPS for the current year.

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

A number of equities research analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Nielsen from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. SunTrust Banks dropped their price objective on Nielsen from $42.00 to $38.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research note on Wednesday. Credit Suisse Group dropped their price objective on Nielsen from $44.00 to $43.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, February 9th. Morgan Stanley decreased their target price on Nielsen from $50.00 to $49.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a report on Thursday, October 26th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets decreased their target price on Nielsen from $43.00 to $40.00 and set a “market perform” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, November 10th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $42.35.

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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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