Advisor Group Inc. cut its holdings in Nielsen Holdings PLC (NYSE:NLSN) by 85.1% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 2,538 shares of the business services provider’s stock after selling 14,549 shares during the period. Advisor Group Inc.’s holdings in Nielsen were worth $59,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.
A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds have also added to or reduced their stakes in NLSN. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. increased its position in shares of Nielsen by 36.3% during the fourth quarter. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. now owns 14,730 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $344,000 after acquiring an additional 3,925 shares during the period. Mirae Asset Global Investments Co. Ltd. increased its position in shares of Nielsen by 19.1% during the fourth quarter. Mirae Asset Global Investments Co. Ltd. now owns 17,304 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $404,000 after acquiring an additional 2,771 shares during the period. Taikang Asset Management Hong Kong Co Ltd increased its position in shares of Nielsen by 26.3% during the fourth quarter. Taikang Asset Management Hong Kong Co Ltd now owns 40,529 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $946,000 after acquiring an additional 8,427 shares during the period. Ffcm LLC increased its holdings in Nielsen by 113.7% in the fourth quarter. Ffcm LLC now owns 4,380 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $102,000 after buying an additional 2,330 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. increased its holdings in Nielsen by 1.0% in the fourth quarter. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. now owns 842,909 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $19,647,000 after buying an additional 8,597 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 99.83% of the company’s stock.
NYSE:NLSN opened at $26.50 on Tuesday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.72, a quick ratio of 1.21 and a current ratio of 1.21. Nielsen Holdings PLC has a 12 month low of $20.53 and a 12 month high of $34.86. The firm has a market capitalization of $9.54 billion, a P/E ratio of 15.32, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.44 and a beta of 0.88.
The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, March 21st. Shareholders of record on Thursday, March 7th were paid a $0.35 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, March 6th. This represents a $1.40 annualized dividend and a yield of 5.28%. Nielsen’s dividend payout ratio is presently 80.92%.
Several research firms recently commented on NLSN. Zacks Investment Research lowered Nielsen from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 19th. ValuEngine raised Nielsen from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, March 5th. Credit Suisse Group dropped their target price on Nielsen from $27.00 to $23.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a report on Thursday, March 28th. SunTrust Banks set a $28.00 target price on Nielsen and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, March 28th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets increased their target price on Nielsen from $24.00 to $26.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a report on Monday, March 4th. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company. Nielsen currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $27.73.
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Nielsen Company Profile
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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