News articles about Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog 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 media sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the business services provider an impact score of 46.3327074875534 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

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Nielsen (NLSN) traded up $0.08 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $33.68. 4,960,920 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 5,192,375. Nielsen has a 52 week low of $32.33 and a 52 week high of $45.73. The stock has a market capitalization of $11,983.24, a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.83, a PEG ratio of 1.67 and a beta of 0.90. The company has a current ratio of 1.34, a quick ratio of 1.34 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.88.

Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) last released its quarterly earnings data 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). Nielsen had a return on equity of 16.79% and a net margin of 6.53%. The business had revenue of $1.76 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.76 billion. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.44 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was up 6.3% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts predict that Nielsen will post 2.52 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of research analysts have recently commented on the stock. Robert W. Baird cut their price target on shares of Nielsen from $44.00 to $40.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, February 9th. SunTrust Banks restated a “buy” rating and issued a $38.00 price target (down from $42.00) on shares of Nielsen in a report on Wednesday. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Nielsen from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 10th. Morgan Stanley cut their price target on shares of Nielsen from $47.00 to $46.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, February 9th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets cut their price target on shares of Nielsen from $40.00 to $38.00 and set a “market perform” rating on the stock in a report on Monday, February 12th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $42.35.

In other Nielsen news, SVP Jeffrey Charlton sold 3,080 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $36.01, for a total transaction of $110,910.80. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 10,100 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $363,701. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, CFO Jamere Jackson sold 16,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, December 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $36.30, for a total transaction of $580,800.00. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 93,138 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,380,909.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.67% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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Nielsen 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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