Nielsen Holdings PLC (NYSE:NLSN) Shares Bought by Two Sigma Advisers LP

Two Sigma Advisers LP boosted its holdings in Nielsen Holdings PLC (NYSE:NLSN) by 9,670.7% in the fourth quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 813,800 shares of the business services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 805,471 shares during the quarter. Two Sigma Advisers LP owned about 0.23% of Nielsen worth $18,986,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Eaton Vance Management grew its holdings in Nielsen by 0.7% during the fourth quarter. Eaton Vance Management now owns 74,159 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $1,730,000 after buying an additional 509 shares in the last quarter. ETF Managers Group LLC grew its holdings in Nielsen by 15.8% during the fourth quarter. ETF Managers Group LLC now owns 4,100 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $96,000 after buying an additional 558 shares in the last quarter. Nissay Asset Management Corp Japan ADV grew its holdings in Nielsen by 2.3% during the fourth quarter. Nissay Asset Management Corp Japan ADV now owns 28,334 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $661,000 after buying an additional 646 shares in the last quarter. Bessemer Group Inc. grew its holdings in Nielsen by 231.7% during the fourth quarter. Bessemer Group Inc. now owns 1,184 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $28,000 after buying an additional 827 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Cullen Frost Bankers Inc. grew its holdings in Nielsen by 10.3% during the fourth quarter. Cullen Frost Bankers Inc. now owns 14,308 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $334,000 after buying an additional 1,336 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 99.83% of the company’s stock.

Shares of NYSE:NLSN traded down $0.14 during midday trading on Monday, reaching $26.50. 4,635,300 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 3,896,400. 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 cap of $9.54 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.32, a PEG ratio of 1.44 and a beta of 0.88.

Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 28th. The business services provider reported $0.47 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.51 by ($0.04). Nielsen had a negative net margin of 10.93% and a positive return on equity of 13.68%. The company had revenue of $1.66 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.64 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.52 earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 5.8% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts predict that Nielsen Holdings PLC will post 1.55 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, March 21st. Investors of record on Thursday, March 7th were paid a dividend of $0.35 per share. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, March 6th. This represents a $1.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 5.28%. Nielsen’s payout ratio is 80.92%.

Several research firms have weighed in on NLSN. BMO Capital Markets boosted their price objective on Nielsen from $24.00 to $26.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research report on Monday, March 4th. Zacks Investment Research reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Nielsen in a research report on Monday, December 31st. Credit Suisse Group set a $27.00 price objective on Nielsen and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, March 1st. SunTrust Banks set a $28.00 price objective on Nielsen and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, March 28th. Finally, ValuEngine cut Nielsen from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 22nd. Seven analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $27.73.

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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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