Nielsen N.V. (NLSN) Upgraded at Citigroup Inc.

Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) was upgraded by stock analysts at Citigroup Inc. from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report released on Friday.

A number of other equities research analysts have also recently commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Nielsen N.V. from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, October 27th. Sanford C. Bernstein restated an “outperform” rating on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research note on Tuesday, September 12th. BMO Capital Markets restated a “hold” rating and set a $44.00 target price on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research note on Wednesday, September 13th. Credit Suisse Group decreased their target price on shares of Nielsen N.V. from $47.00 to $46.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a research note on Thursday, October 26th. Finally, Needham & Company LLC restated a “buy” rating and set a $55.00 target price on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research note on Tuesday, September 12th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the stock. Nielsen N.V. currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $44.20.

Shares of Nielsen N.V. (NLSN) opened at $35.67 on Friday. Nielsen N.V. has a one year low of $34.22 and a one year high of $45.73. The company has a market cap of $12,846.98, a P/E ratio of 19.93, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.70 and a beta of 0.95. The company has a current ratio of 1.41, a quick ratio of 1.41 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.88.

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In related news, Director Karen M. Hoguet sold 18,620 shares of the firm’s 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 completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 44,080 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,719,560.80. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, SVP Jeffrey Charlton sold 3,762 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, September 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $49.21, for a total transaction of $185,128.02. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 0.67% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Sterling Capital Management LLC grew its holdings in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 0.7% in the third quarter. Sterling Capital Management LLC now owns 1,781,242 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $73,832,000 after purchasing an additional 13,118 shares in the last quarter. Neuberger Berman Group LLC grew its holdings in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 10.7% in the third quarter. Neuberger Berman Group LLC now owns 3,189,726 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $132,214,000 after purchasing an additional 307,701 shares in the last quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System grew its holdings in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 5.4% in the third quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 718,970 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $29,801,000 after purchasing an additional 36,570 shares in the last quarter. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC purchased a new position in Nielsen N.V. during the third quarter worth $240,000. Finally, Point72 Asset Management L.P. purchased a new position in Nielsen N.V. during the third quarter worth $74,116,000. 95.67% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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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