In today’s session Nielsen N.V. Ordinary Shares (NLSN) registered an unusually high (114) contracts volume of call trades. Someone, most probably a professional was a very active buyer of the February, 2017 call, expecting serious NLSN increase. With 114 contracts traded and 234 open interest for the Feb, 17 contract, it seems this is a quite bullish bet. The option with symbol: NLSN170217C00055000 closed last at: $1.45 or 12.1% down. About 114,301 shares traded hands. Nielsen N.V. Ordinary Shares (NYSE:NLSN) has risen 0.96% since March 7, 2016 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 6.63% the S&P500.
Analysts await Nielsen N.V. Ordinary Shares (NYSE:NLSN) to report earnings on October, 19. They expect $0.71 earnings per share, up 5.97% or $0.04 from last year’s $0.67 per share. NLSN’s profit will be $252.21 million for 18.55 P/E if the $0.71 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.67 actual earnings per share reported by Nielsen N.V. Ordinary Shares for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 5.97% EPS growth.
Nielsen N.V. Ordinary Shares (NYSE:NLSN) Ratings Coverage
Out of 12 analysts covering Nielsen Holdings NV (NYSE:NLSN), 8 rate it a “Buy”, 0 “Sell”, while 4 “Hold”. This means 67% are positive. $61 is the highest target while $45 is the lowest. The $53.33 average target is 1.25% above today’s ($52.67) stock price. Nielsen Holdings NV has been the topic of 13 analyst reports since July 30, 2015 according to StockzIntelligence Inc. Morgan Stanley downgraded it to “Equal-Weight” rating and $52 target price in Wednesday, March 9 report. Citigroup maintained Nielsen N.V. Ordinary Shares (NYSE:NLSN) rating on Thursday, April 7. Citigroup has “Buy” rating and $59 price target. The stock has “Market Perform” rating given by BMO Capital Markets on Monday, August 10. The company was initiated on Thursday, September 15 by Cantor Fitzgerald. Pivotal Research maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Friday, October 16 report. On Tuesday, March 22 the stock rating was initiated by Sterne Agee CRT with “Buy”. The stock of Nielsen N.V. Ordinary Shares (NYSE:NLSN) has “Outperform” rating given on Wednesday, September 16 by William Blair. The stock of Nielsen N.V. Ordinary Shares (NYSE:NLSN) has “Outperform” rating given on Wednesday, July 29 by RBC Capital Markets. The stock has “Market Perform” rating given by BMO Capital Markets on Friday, July 22. Macquarie Research initiated Nielsen N.V. Ordinary Shares (NYSE:NLSN) on Friday, August 26 with “Outperform” rating.
According to Zacks Investment Research, “Nielsen N.V. is engaged in information and measurement services. The Company, together with its subsidiaries, delivers media and marketing information, and analytics on a global and local basis. It operates in two segments: Buy segment and Watch segment. The Buy segment provides retail measurement services, consumer panel measurement and consumer intelligence and analytical services. The Watch segment provides viewership data and analytics primarily to the media and advertising industries across television, online and mobile screens. Nielsen N.V., formerly Nielsen Holdings NV, is headquartered in Diemen, the Netherlands.”
Insitutional Activity: The institutional sentiment decreased to 0.75 in 2016 Q2. Its down 0.58, from 1.33 in 2016Q1. The ratio dived, as 3 funds sold all Nielsen N.V. Ordinary Shares shares owned while 1 reduced positions. 2 funds bought stakes while 1 increased positions. They now own 347,275 shares or 30.18% less from 497,381 shares in 2016Q1.
The United Kingdom-based Standard Life has invested 0.07% in Nielsen N.V. Ordinary Shares (NYSE:NLSN). Huntington Retail Bank reported 3,087 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Asset Mgmt Grp has 33,525 shares for 0.76% of their US portfolio. Tru Department Mb National Bank & Trust N A accumulated 0% or 118 shares. Vantage Invest Limited Liability Corporation last reported 0% of its portfolio in the stock.
Insider Transactions: Since May 2, 2016, the stock had 0 insider purchases, and 7 sales for $44.50 million net activity. CALHOUN DAVID L had sold 105,441 shares worth $5.59M. TAVOLIERI GIOVANNI sold $415,907 worth of stock or 7,883 shares. Another trade for 79,898 shares valued at $4.19 million was made by KASH ARVIN on Monday, May 2. Charlton Jeffrey had sold 4,635 shares worth $245,267. On Thursday, July 28 Barns Dwight sold $3.23M worth of the stock or 60,136 shares.
NLSN Company Profile
Nielsen Holdings plc, incorporated on February 4, 2015, is a performance management company. The Firm provides to clients an understanding of what clients watch and what they buy and how those choices intersect. The Company’s divisions include what clients buy (Buy) consisting principally of market research information and analytical services, and what clients watch and listen to (Watch), consisting principally of television, radio, online and mobile audience and advertising measurement services and corresponding analytics. The Company’s Buy segment provides retail transactional measurement data, consumer behavior information and analytics primarily to businesses in the consumer packaged goods industry. The Company’s Watch segment provides viewership and listening data and analytics primarily to the media and advertising industries across the television, radio, online and mobile viewing and listening platforms. The Firm has a presence in over 100 countries.
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