Aperio Group LLC increased its stake in Nielsen NV (NYSE:NLSN) by 6.2% during the third quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund owned 109,633 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 6,403 shares during the period. Aperio Group LLC’s holdings in Nielsen NV were worth $5,873,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.
Several other hedge funds and other institutional investors also recently made changes to their positions in NLSN. Babson Capital Management LLC acquired a new position in Nielsen NV during the first quarter valued at approximately $1,190,000. Arizona State Retirement System raised its position in Nielsen NV by 0.3% in the first quarter. Arizona State Retirement System now owns 109,200 shares of the company’s stock valued at $5,750,000 after buying an additional 300 shares during the last quarter. First Republic Investment Management Inc. raised its position in Nielsen NV by 27.4% in the first quarter. First Republic Investment Management Inc. now owns 99,693 shares of the company’s stock valued at $5,249,000 after buying an additional 21,428 shares during the last quarter. BlueMountain Capital Management LLC acquired a new position in Nielsen NV during the first quarter valued at approximately $233,000. Finally, Alecta Pensionsforsakring Omsesidigt raised its position in Nielsen NV by 12.5% in the second quarter. Alecta Pensionsforsakring Omsesidigt now owns 5,719,000 shares of the company’s stock valued at $297,159,000 after buying an additional 635,000 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 91.85% of the company’s stock.
Nielsen NV (NYSE:NLSN) traded up 0.05% during midday trading on Monday, reaching $43.42. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 2,111,222 shares. The firm has a market capitalization of $15.52 billion, a PE ratio of 26.69 and a beta of 0.85. Nielsen NV has a 1-year low of $42.25 and a 1-year high of $55.94. The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $47.35 and a 200 day moving average price of $51.67.
Nielsen NV (NYSE:NLSN) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 25th. The company reported $0.74 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.76 by $0.02. Nielsen NV had a return on equity of 21.50% and a net margin of 9.46%. The business had revenue of $1.57 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.59 billion. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.69 earnings per share. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 2.5% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts predict that Nielsen NV will post $2.76 EPS for the current year.
The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, December 6th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, November 22nd will be issued a dividend of $0.31 per share. The ex-dividend date is Friday, November 18th. This represents a $1.24 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.86%. Nielsen NV’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 76.54%.
Several research analysts recently commented on the stock. Citigroup Inc. restated a “neutral” rating and issued a $45.00 price target on shares of Nielsen NV in a report on Thursday, November 17th. Needham & Company LLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $65.00 price objective on shares of Nielsen NV in a research report on Tuesday, October 25th. Macquarie set a $61.00 price objective on shares of Nielsen NV and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 12th. Pivotal Research lowered their price objective on shares of Nielsen NV from $52.00 to $51.00 and set a “hold” rating for the company in a research report on Tuesday, October 25th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Nielsen NV from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, October 28th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and twelve have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $55.82.
In other news, Vice Chairman Arvin Kash sold 120,196 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, November 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $43.96, for a total transaction of $5,283,816.16. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 47,376 shares in the company, valued at $2,082,648.96. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, SVP Jeffrey Charlton sold 5,574 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $45.72, for a total value of $254,843.28. Following the sale, the senior vice president now owns 18,266 shares in the company, valued at $835,121.52. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 1.20% of the company’s stock.
Nielsen NV 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.