SunTrust Banks Lowers Nielsen (NLSN) Price Target to $27.00

Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) had its price objective lowered by equities research analysts at SunTrust Banks from $28.00 to $27.00 in a research report issued on Monday. The firm presently has a “buy” rating on the business services provider’s stock. SunTrust Banks’ target price points to a potential upside of 5.06% from the stock’s current price.

Several other brokerages have also issued reports on NLSN. Goldman Sachs Group lowered Nielsen from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, July 2nd. Morgan Stanley decreased their price objective on Nielsen from $40.00 to $38.00 and set a “$30.76” rating for the company in a research report on Wednesday, July 18th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Nielsen from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, September 25th. ValuEngine upgraded Nielsen from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, October 22nd. Finally, Citigroup reduced their price target on Nielsen from $41.00 to $29.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research report on Monday, August 20th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Nielsen has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $29.67.

Shares of NLSN traded up $0.84 on Monday, hitting $25.70. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 78,258 shares, compared to its average volume of 3,936,655. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.97, a quick ratio of 1.14 and a current ratio of 1.14. Nielsen has a fifty-two week low of $20.53 and a fifty-two week high of $39.25. The firm has a market capitalization of $8.73 billion, a PE ratio of 11.75, a P/E/G ratio of 1.31 and a beta of 0.93.



Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 25th. The business services provider reported $0.27 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.25 by $0.02. Nielsen had a return on equity of 14.56% and a net margin of 4.85%. The business had revenue of $1.60 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.58 billion. Equities research analysts predict that Nielsen will post 1.98 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. WINTON GROUP Ltd raised its stake in shares of Nielsen by 28.4% during the 1st quarter. WINTON GROUP Ltd now owns 9,420 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $299,000 after purchasing an additional 2,083 shares in the last quarter. Mount Yale Investment Advisors LLC raised its stake in shares of Nielsen by 19.9% during the 2nd quarter. Mount Yale Investment Advisors LLC now owns 15,109 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $467,000 after purchasing an additional 2,503 shares in the last quarter. State of Wisconsin Investment Board raised its stake in shares of Nielsen by 0.8% during the 2nd quarter. State of Wisconsin Investment Board now owns 327,497 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $10,129,000 after purchasing an additional 2,515 shares in the last quarter. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. raised its stake in shares of Nielsen by 77.5% during the 2nd quarter. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. now owns 6,477 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $200,000 after purchasing an additional 2,827 shares in the last quarter. Finally, State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System raised its stake in shares of Nielsen by 0.6% during the 2nd quarter. State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System now owns 482,848 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $14,934,000 after purchasing an additional 2,940 shares in the last quarter. 95.56% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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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