ValuEngine Downgrades Nielsen (NLSN) to Sell

Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) was downgraded by ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a note issued to investors on Wednesday.

Several other brokerages have also recently commented on NLSN. Barclays cut Nielsen from an “equal weight” rating to an “underweight” rating and decreased their target price for the stock from $45.00 to $38.00 in a research report on Thursday, December 14th. Zacks Investment Research cut Nielsen from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, December 26th. Macquarie cut Nielsen from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $38.00 price objective for the company. in a research report on Tuesday, January 2nd. Robert W. Baird raised Nielsen from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report on Monday, January 8th. Finally, Deutsche Bank set a $33.00 price objective on Nielsen and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, February 9th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the company. Nielsen has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $41.88.

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Shares of NYSE NLSN traded down $0.27 during mid-day trading on Wednesday, reaching $31.94. The company had a trading volume of 49,987 shares, compared to its average volume of 3,821,731. The company has a quick ratio of 1.34, a current ratio of 1.34 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.88. The stock has a market capitalization of $11,180.79, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.07, a PEG ratio of 1.56 and a beta of 0.95. Nielsen has a 1-year low of $30.64 and a 1-year high of $43.61.

Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, February 8th. The business services provider reported $0.71 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.75 by ($0.04). The company had revenue of $1.76 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.76 billion. Nielsen had a return on equity of 16.79% and a net margin of 6.53%. The business’s revenue was up 6.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.44 earnings per share. analysts anticipate that Nielsen will post 2.52 earnings per share for the current year.

In other Nielsen news, CFO Jamere Jackson sold 19,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, March 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $32.97, for a total transaction of $626,430.00. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 81,848 shares in the company, valued at $2,698,528.56. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. 0.67% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Capital Guardian Trust Co. increased its stake in shares of Nielsen by 25.2% in the third quarter. Capital Guardian Trust Co. now owns 1,139,989 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $47,253,000 after purchasing an additional 229,675 shares during the period. Hamlin Capital Management LLC bought a new position in shares of Nielsen in the fourth quarter worth about $69,076,000. Koch Industries Inc. bought a new position in shares of Nielsen in the fourth quarter worth about $487,000. Pinebridge Investments L.P. increased its stake in shares of Nielsen by 3,246.9% in the third quarter. Pinebridge Investments L.P. now owns 53,015 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $2,197,000 after purchasing an additional 51,431 shares during the period. Finally, Teacher Retirement System of Texas increased its stake in shares of Nielsen by 1,886.7% in the fourth quarter. Teacher Retirement System of Texas now owns 96,634 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $3,517,000 after purchasing an additional 91,770 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 98.07% of the company’s stock.

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About Nielsen

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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