Nielsen NV (NLSN) Rating Increased to Buy at Zacks Investment Research

Danny Woods
May 20, 2017

Nielsen Holdings plc (NLSN)'s latest quote $39.04 -0.65 -2.91 will find technical support in $38.58/share and a breakdown below this region would be a significantly bearish signal for Nielsen Holdings plc traders. Morgan Stanley reduced their price objective on Nielsen N.V. from $52.00 to $49.00 and set an "overweight" rating for the company in a report on Friday, April 28th. Advisor Group Inc. boosted its position in Nielsen 15.3% in the third quarter. Sit Investment Associates Inc. now owns 556,045 shares of the business services provider's stock valued at $29,787,000 after buying an additional 8,200 shares during the period.

Large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Beese Fulmer Investment Management Inc. boosted its position in Nielsen 2.6% in the first quarter. Alecta Pensionsforsakring Omsesidigt now owns 6,394,000 shares of the business services provider's stock valued at $342,463,000 after buying an additional 675,000 shares during the period. Winslow Capital Management LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Nielsen N.V. during the third quarter worth about $278,689,000. Finally, Norges Bank acquired a new position in Nielsen N.V. during the fourth quarter valued at about $110,536,000. At the time of writing, Shares the company recently traded 1.91% away 52-week low and noted price movement -28.81% away from the 52-week high level.

Continued dividend payment and share repurchase reflect Nielsen's financial strength and commitment to return value to shareholders. (NYSE:NLSN) traded down 2.91% during midday trading on Thursday, hitting $39.04. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC now owns 3,754,912 shares of the company's stock valued at $157,518,000 after buying an additional 2,708,243 shares during the last quarter. The stock's 50 day moving average is $40.95 and its 200-day moving average is $42.62. The stock touched 52-week High of $54.84 on 07/25/16 and 52-week Low of $38.31 on 04/25/17.

Nielsen N.V. had a net margin of 7.96% and a return on equity of 18.63%. (NYSE:NLSN) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, April 25th. The consensus mean EPS for the current quarter is at $0.67 derived from a total of 15 estimates from the analysts who have weighed in on projected earnings. The company had revenue of $1.53 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts' expectations of $1.54 billion. Analysts are forecasting Nielsen Holdings plc to report revenue of about $1.65B, versus the $1.6B posted past year. The 1 year EPS growth rate is 61.80%. Nielsen N.V. The business had revenue of $1.53 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts' expectations of $1.54 billion. This is a boost from Nielsen N.V.'s previous quarterly dividend of $0.31. This represents a $1.36 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.48%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, May 31st. Six analysts have made estimates for Nielsen N.V.'s earnings.

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A number of equities analysts recently commented on NLSN shares. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a "hold" rating and issued a $45.00 price objective on shares of Nielsen a report on Monday, April 17th. Jefferies Group LLC reissued a "buy" rating and set a $50.00 price target on shares of Nielsen a research report on Monday, February 27th.

Recent Analyst Recommendations: NIELSEN N.V. (NLSN) has received mean Analyst rating of 2.30 from polled analysts at Reuters.

Among 6 analysts covering Lindsay (NYSE:LNN), 1 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 4 Hold. Also, SVP Jeffrey Charlton sold 947 shares of the firm's stock in a transaction dated Thursday, February 23rd. Beta factor is used to measure the volatility of the stock. Companies may issue new shares and buy back their own shares. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. The shares were sold at an average price of $45.26, for a total transaction of $42,861.22. A P/B ratio of less than 1.0 can indicate that a stock is undervalued, while a ratio of greater than 1.0 may indicate that a stock is overvalued. Also, Director David L. Calhoun sold 230,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, February 27th. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Analysts, on average, seem bullish as they suggest NLSN is worth $7.07 more, giving a target price of $46.11/share. The stock sank -6.51% last month and is down -6.29 this year.

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