Nielsen (NLSN) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Analysis Shows

News stories about Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Nielsen earned a news sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the business services provider an impact score of 46.4422245822696 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

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Nielsen (NYSE NLSN) traded down $0.42 during trading hours on Tuesday, hitting $33.50. 3,088,264 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 4,144,769. The stock has a market cap of $11,915.48, a P/E ratio of 27.69, a PEG ratio of 1.66 and a beta of 0.99. The company has a quick ratio of 1.34, a current ratio of 1.34 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.88. Nielsen has a 12-month low of $31.90 and a 12-month high of $44.24.

Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) last released its earnings results on Thursday, February 8th. The business services provider reported $0.71 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.75 by ($0.04). The business had revenue of $1.76 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.76 billion. Nielsen had a return on equity of 16.79% and a net margin of 6.53%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 6.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.44 earnings per share. analysts expect that Nielsen will post 2.52 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, March 21st. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, March 7th will be given a $0.34 dividend. This represents a $1.36 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 4.06%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, March 6th. Nielsen’s dividend payout ratio is presently 112.40%.

Several research analysts have commented on NLSN shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Nielsen from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, December 26th. Macquarie lowered shares of Nielsen from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $38.00 price objective for the company. in a report on Tuesday, January 2nd. Citigroup upgraded shares of Nielsen from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $45.00 price objective for the company in a report on Friday, November 17th. Barclays lowered shares of Nielsen from an “equal weight” rating to an “underweight” rating and decreased their price objective for the stock from $45.00 to $38.00 in a report on Thursday, December 14th. Finally, Robert W. Baird upgraded shares of Nielsen from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report on Monday, January 8th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $41.88.

In other news, CFO Jamere Jackson sold 19,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, March 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $32.97, for a total value of $626,430.00. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 81,848 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,698,528.56. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. 0.67% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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About Nielsen

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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