Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) Sees Large Volume Increase

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Nielsen Holdings PLC (NYSE:NLSN) saw unusually-high trading volume on Monday . Approximately 9,129,142 shares traded hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 154% from the previous session’s volume of 3,590,341 shares.The stock last traded at $23.41 and had previously closed at $22.86.

A number of analysts recently commented on NLSN shares. ValuEngine cut shares of Zynerba Pharmaceuticals from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 28th. SunTrust Banks set a $28.00 price target on shares of Nielsen and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 28th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Horiba from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 22nd. Finally, Credit Suisse Group upgraded shares of Mosaic from an “underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $27.49 price target on the stock in a research note on Thursday, March 28th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $27.58.

The firm has a market cap of $8.13 billion, a P/E ratio of 13.53, a PEG ratio of 1.20 and a beta of 0.91. The company has a quick ratio of 1.07, a current ratio of 1.07 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.76. The firm’s 50 day moving average is $22.84.

Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, April 30th. The business services provider reported $0.35 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.27 by $0.08. The business had revenue of $1.56 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.57 billion. Nielsen had a negative net margin of 11.46% and a positive return on equity of 15.52%. Nielsen’s revenue was down 2.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.40 EPS. As a group, research analysts expect that Nielsen Holdings PLC will post 1.58 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, June 19th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, June 5th were issued a $0.35 dividend. This represents a $1.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 5.98%. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, June 4th. Nielsen’s payout ratio is 80.92%.

Large investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Parallel Advisors LLC increased its holdings in shares of Nielsen by 75.2% in the 1st quarter. Parallel Advisors LLC now owns 1,051 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $25,000 after buying an additional 451 shares during the last quarter. Bessemer Group Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Nielsen by 231.7% in the 4th quarter. Bessemer Group Inc. now owns 1,184 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $28,000 after purchasing an additional 827 shares in the last quarter. Quadrant Capital Group LLC boosted its stake in shares of Nielsen by 1,516.6% in the 1st quarter. Quadrant Capital Group LLC now owns 2,441 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $55,000 after purchasing an additional 2,290 shares in the last quarter. Quantamental Technologies LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Nielsen in the 1st quarter valued at $86,000. Finally, ETF Managers Group LLC boosted its stake in shares of Nielsen by 14.2% in the 1st quarter. ETF Managers Group LLC now owns 4,681 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $111,000 after purchasing an additional 581 shares in the last quarter. 95.39% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Nielsen Company Profile (NYSE:NLSN)

Nielsen Holdings plc, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a measurement and data analytics company. It operates in two segments, Buy and Watch. The Buy segment provides retail transactional measurement data, consumer behavior information, and analytics primarily to businesses in the consumer packaged goods industry.

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