GWM Advisors LLC Buys Shares of 7,417 Nielsen N.V. (NLSN)

GWM Advisors LLC bought a new position in Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm bought 7,417 shares of the business services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $278,000.

Several other hedge funds have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Washington Trust Bank lifted its stake in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 0.4% in the second quarter. Washington Trust Bank now owns 8,318 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $322,000 after purchasing an additional 36 shares during the period. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. lifted its stake in shares of 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 lifted its stake in shares of 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 lifted its stake in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 3.0% in the second quarter. Creative Planning now owns 3,593 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $139,000 after purchasing an additional 103 shares during the period. Finally, CIBC Asset Management Inc lifted its stake in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 0.7% in the second quarter. CIBC Asset Management Inc now owns 20,998 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $812,000 after purchasing an additional 138 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 96.29% of the company’s stock.

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In other Nielsen N.V. news, insider Stephen Hasker sold 20,930 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $43.00, for a total transaction of $899,990.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 79,341 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,411,663. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, SVP Jeffrey Charlton sold 3,762 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, September 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $49.21, for a total value of $185,128.02. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 43,312 shares of company stock worth $1,811,484 in the last 90 days. 0.67% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 27th. The business services provider reported $0.49 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.63 by ($0.14). Nielsen N.V. had a return on equity of 15.96% and a net margin of 7.68%. The firm had revenue of $1.64 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.65 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.31 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 3.0% on a year-over-year basis.

NLSN has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Nielsen N.V. from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, June 16th. J P Morgan Chase & Co restated an “overweight” rating and set a $44.00 target price (down from $48.00) on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a report on Wednesday, June 21st. Pivotal Research dropped their target price on shares of Nielsen N.V. from $39.00 to $38.00 and set a “hold” rating for the company in a report on Thursday, July 27th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Nielsen N.V. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $45.00 target price for the company in a report on Friday, July 28th. Finally, TheStreet upgraded shares of Nielsen N.V. from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a report on Monday, July 31st. Nine research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the stock. Nielsen N.V. presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $45.54.

Nielsen N.V. 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.

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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN)

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