Somewhat Positive Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Nielsen N.V. (NLSN) Share Price

Headlines about Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) have been trending somewhat positive on Friday, AlphaOne Sentiment reports. AlphaOne, a service of Accern, scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. AlphaOne ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Nielsen N.V. earned a news impact score of 0.20 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also gave news headlines about the business services provider an impact score of 46 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Alpha One Sentiment’s analysis:

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN)

Shares of Nielsen N.V. (NYSE NLSN) traded down 0.26% during trading on Friday, hitting $38.35. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 2,923,682 shares. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $39.36 and a 200-day moving average price of $41.69. Nielsen N.V. has a one year low of $36.99 and a one year high of $55.94. The stock has a market cap of $13.70 billion, a PE ratio of 29.01 and a beta of 0.90.

Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, April 25th. The business services provider reported $0.28 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.48 by $0.20. The business had revenue of $1.53 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.54 billion. Nielsen N.V. had a return on equity of 17.52% and a net margin of 7.45%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 2.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.51 earnings per share. Equities analysts predict that Nielsen N.V. will post $2.64 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 16th. Investors of record on Friday, June 2nd will be issued a dividend of $0.34 per share. This represents a $1.36 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.55%. This is a boost from Nielsen N.V.’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.31. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, May 31st. Nielsen N.V.’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 103.82%.

NLSN has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. Cantor Fitzgerald lowered their target price on Nielsen N.V. from $48.00 to $46.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, April 28th. Deutsche Bank AG restated a “hold” rating and issued a $44.00 target price (down previously from $47.00) on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research note on Saturday, April 29th. Morgan Stanley lowered their target price on Nielsen N.V. from $52.00 to $49.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, April 28th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Nielsen N.V. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $47.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, April 26th. Finally, TheStreet downgraded Nielsen N.V. from a “b-” rating to a “c” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 25th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $48.29.

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In related news, SVP Jeffrey Charlton sold 1,824 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, April 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $41.34, for a total value of $75,404.16. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now owns 13,297 shares in the company, valued at approximately $549,697.98. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, CEO Dwight Barns sold 46,947 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, March 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $40.82, for a total transaction of $1,916,376.54. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 288,277 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $11,767,467.14. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 60,271 shares of company stock valued at $2,435,106 over the last 90 days. 1.20% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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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