Shares of Nielsen Holdings PLC (NYSE:NLSN) have been given a consensus rating of “Hold” by the fourteen ratings firms that are covering the firm, MarketBeat.com reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 12 month price objective among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $29.67.
A number of analysts have weighed in on NLSN shares. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Nielsen from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 31st. Pivotal Research cut their price objective on shares of Nielsen from $35.00 to $27.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Thursday, July 26th. Needham & Company LLC cut their price objective on shares of Nielsen to $30.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, July 27th. Citigroup cut their price objective on shares of Nielsen from $41.00 to $29.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Monday, August 20th. Finally, Robert W. Baird raised their price objective on shares of Nielsen from $26.00 to $30.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 14th.
NLSN stock opened at $26.85 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.97, a quick ratio of 1.14 and a current ratio of 1.14. Nielsen has a twelve month low of $20.53 and a twelve month high of $39.25. The company has a market cap of $9.34 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.73, a P/E/G ratio of 1.42 and a beta of 0.88.
Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 25th. The business services provider reported $0.27 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.25 by $0.02. Nielsen had a net margin of 4.85% and a return on equity of 14.56%. The company had revenue of $1.60 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.58 billion. As a group, analysts predict that Nielsen will post 1.95 earnings per share for the current year.
The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, December 5th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, November 21st will be given a dividend of $0.35 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, November 20th. This represents a $1.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 5.21%. Nielsen’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 66.35%.
Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Piedmont Investment Advisors LLC purchased a new position in shares of Nielsen during the second quarter worth approximately $122,000. Rockefeller Capital Management L.P. purchased a new position in shares of Nielsen during the third quarter worth approximately $187,000. Point72 Hong Kong Ltd purchased a new position in shares of Nielsen during the second quarter worth approximately $188,000. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. grew its position in shares of Nielsen by 77.5% during the second quarter. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. now owns 6,477 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $200,000 after acquiring an additional 2,827 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Campbell & CO Investment Adviser LLC purchased a new position in shares of Nielsen during the second quarter worth approximately $201,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 95.57% of the company’s stock.
Nielsen Company Profile
Nielsen Holdings plc, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an information and measurement company. It operates through Buy and Watch segments. The company provides media and marketing information, analytics, and manufacturer and retailer expertise about what and where consumers buy, read, watch, and listen.
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