Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co. Ltd. Raises Position in Nielsen N.V. (NLSN)

Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co. Ltd. Raises Position in Nielsen N.V. (NLSN)

Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co. Ltd. boosted its position in shares of Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) by 3.6% during the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 57,256 shares of the business services provider’s stock after buying an additional 2,011 shares during the period. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co. Ltd.’s holdings in Nielsen N.V. were worth $2,365,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also recently made changes to their positions in NLSN. Alecta Pensionsforsakring Omsesidigt increased its stake in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 11.8% in the third quarter. Alecta Pensionsforsakring Omsesidigt now owns 6,394,000 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $342,463,000 after buying an additional 675,000 shares during the period. Winslow Capital Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Nielsen N.V. during the third quarter worth about $278,689,000. I.G. Investment Management LTD. increased its stake in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 47.8% in the fourth quarter. I.G. Investment Management LTD. now owns 3,952,593 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $165,811,000 after buying an additional 1,277,537 shares during the period. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC increased its stake in shares of Nielsen N.V. by 258.7% in the fourth quarter. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC now owns 3,754,912 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $157,518,000 after buying an additional 2,708,243 shares during the period. Finally, Norges Bank bought a new stake in shares of Nielsen N.V. during the fourth quarter worth about $110,536,000. Institutional investors own 91.99% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) traded up 0.78% during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $40.20. The company had a trading volume of 2,219,006 shares. The company has a market cap of $14.36 billion, a PE ratio of 30.41 and a beta of 0.84. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $41.15 and a 200-day moving average of $43.12. Nielsen N.V. has a 12 month low of $38.31 and a 12 month high of $55.94.

Nielsen N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, April 25th. The business services provider reported $0.28 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.48 by $0.20. The firm had revenue of $1.53 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.54 billion. Nielsen N.V. had a return on equity of 18.63% and a net margin of 7.96%. The business’s revenue was up 2.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.51 earnings per share. On average, analysts expect that Nielsen N.V. will post $2.65 EPS for the current year.

A number of analysts have issued reports on the company. Deutsche Bank AG reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $44.00 target price (down from $47.00) on shares of Nielsen N.V. in a research note on Saturday, April 29th. Morgan Stanley cut their target price on Nielsen N.V. from $52.00 to $49.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a research note on Friday, April 28th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Nielsen N.V. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, April 28th. Cantor Fitzgerald cut their target price on Nielsen N.V. from $48.00 to $46.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research note on Friday, April 28th. Finally, TheStreet downgraded Nielsen N.V. from a “b-” rating to a “c” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 25th. Eight research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $48.79.

In other Nielsen N.V. news, CEO Dwight Barns sold 46,947 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, March 27th. The stock was 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 directly owns 288,277 shares in the company, valued at $11,767,467.14. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, Director David L. Calhoun sold 230,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, February 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $44.93, for a total value of $10,333,900.00. Following the sale, the director now owns 525,496 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $23,610,535.28. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 279,718 shares of company stock valued at $12,368,542 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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