Nielsen Holdings PLC (NYSE:NLSN) has earned an average rating of “Hold” from the sixteen analysts that are covering the stock, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, seven have given a hold recommendation and seven have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 1 year price objective among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $30.77.
A number of equities analysts have commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Nielsen from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, September 25th. Morgan Stanley set a $27.00 price objective on shares of Nielsen and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, September 13th. Goldman Sachs Group upgraded shares of Nielsen from a “sell” rating to a “neutral” rating and upped their price objective for the stock from $20.00 to $25.00 in a research report on Thursday, August 23rd. Citigroup cut their price objective on shares of Nielsen from $41.00 to $29.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research report on Monday, August 20th. Finally, Pivotal Research downgraded shares of Nielsen from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $27.00 price objective for the company. in a research report on Wednesday, August 15th.
Shares of Nielsen stock opened at $26.15 on Wednesday. The firm has a market cap of $9.83 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.39, a PEG ratio of 1.47 and a beta of 0.93. The company has a quick ratio of 1.19, a current ratio of 1.18 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.96. Nielsen has a one year low of $20.53 and a one year high of $42.15.
Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 26th. The business services provider reported $0.20 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.59 by ($0.39). The firm had revenue of $1.65 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.71 billion. Nielsen had a return on equity of 15.28% and a net margin of 5.57%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up .2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.37 EPS. On average, equities research analysts forecast that Nielsen will post 1.98 earnings per share for the current year.
Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Bank of Montreal Can increased its holdings in shares of Nielsen by 9.5% in the 3rd quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 690,320 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $19,094,000 after purchasing an additional 59,914 shares in the last quarter. State of Alaska Department of Revenue increased its holdings in shares of Nielsen by 5.5% in the 3rd quarter. State of Alaska Department of Revenue now owns 76,456 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $2,113,000 after purchasing an additional 4,014 shares in the last quarter. Royal London Asset Management Ltd. purchased a new position in shares of Nielsen in the 2nd quarter valued at about $4,717,000. Northern Trust Corp increased its holdings in shares of Nielsen by 5.2% in the 2nd quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 3,997,795 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $123,652,000 after purchasing an additional 198,492 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Bank of New York Mellon Corp increased its holdings in shares of Nielsen by 10.2% in the 2nd quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 5,667,928 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $175,309,000 after purchasing an additional 523,530 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 95.56% of the company’s stock.
Nielsen Company Profile
Nielsen Holdings plc, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an information and measurement company. It operates through Buy and Watch segments. The company provides media and marketing information, analytics, and manufacturer and retailer expertise about what and where consumers buy, read, watch, and listen.
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