Morgan Stanley Cuts Nielsen N.V. (NLSN) Price Target to $49.00

Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) had its price target lowered by Morgan Stanley from $50.00 to $49.00 in a research note released on Thursday, October 26th. Morgan Stanley currently has an overweight rating on the business services provider’s stock.

A number of other equities analysts also recently commented on NLSN. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Nielsen N.V. from a hold rating to a strong sell rating in a research report on Thursday, August 17th. BidaskClub upgraded Nielsen N.V. from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report on Saturday, August 5th. TheStreet upgraded Nielsen N.V. from a c rating to a b- rating in a report on Monday, July 31st. Pivotal Research lowered their target price on Nielsen N.V. from $39.00 to $38.00 and set a hold rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, July 27th. Finally, Cantor Fitzgerald reissued a hold rating and set a $45.00 target price on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research note on Monday, October 23rd. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $44.20.

Shares of Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) opened at $36.62 on Thursday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.88, a current ratio of 1.41 and a quick ratio of 1.41. Nielsen N.V. has a 1-year low of $34.22 and a 1-year high of $45.73. The company has a market capitalization of $13,042.87, a P/E ratio of 20.23, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.73 and a beta of 0.95.

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The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, December 5th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, November 21st will be paid a dividend of $0.34 per share. This represents a $1.36 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.71%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, November 20th. Nielsen N.V.’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 95.78%.

In other Nielsen N.V. news, SVP Jeffrey Charlton sold 3,762 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, September 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $49.21, for a total transaction of $185,128.02. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Director Karen M. Hoguet sold 18,620 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, September 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $39.01, for a total value of $726,366.20. Following the sale, the director now owns 44,080 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,719,560.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 0.67% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of NLSN. Washington Trust Bank raised its position in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 0.4% in the 2nd quarter. Washington Trust Bank now owns 8,318 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $322,000 after buying an additional 36 shares during the period. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. raised its position in Nielsen N.V. by 2.5% in the second quarter. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. now owns 3,620 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $140,000 after purchasing an additional 87 shares during the period. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System raised its position in Nielsen N.V. by 0.5% in the second quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System now owns 20,800 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $804,000 after purchasing an additional 100 shares during the period. Creative Planning increased its position in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 3.0% during the second quarter. Creative Planning now owns 3,593 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $139,000 after acquiring an additional 103 shares during the last quarter. Finally, CIBC Asset Management Inc increased its position in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 0.7% during the second quarter. CIBC Asset Management Inc now owns 20,998 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $812,000 after acquiring an additional 138 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 95.67% of the company’s stock.

About Nielsen N.V.

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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