NYSE:NLSN - Nielsen Stock Price, News, & Analysis

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$27.24 +0.03 (+0.11 %)
(As of 09/21/2018 04:00 PM ET)
Previous Close$27.24
Today's Range$27.05 - $27.37
52-Week Range$20.53 - $42.15
Volume8.07 million shs
Average Volume3.85 million shs
Market Capitalization$9.67 billion
P/E Ratio12.91
Dividend Yield5.15%
Nielsen logoNielsen Holdings plc, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an information and measurement company. It operates through Buy and Watch segments. The company provides media and marketing information, analytics, and manufacturer and retailer expertise about what and where consumers buy, read, watch, and listen. The Buy segment provides retail transactional measurement data, consumer behavior information, and analytics primarily to businesses in the consumer packaged goods industry. This segment provides data on retail measurement services, such as market share and competitive sales volumes; insights into distribution, pricing, merchandising, and promotion; consumer panel measurement, which offers insight into shopper behavior and customer segmentation; and consumer intelligence and analytical services for decision making in product development and marketing cycles. The Watch segment provides viewership and listening data, and analytics primarily to the media and advertising industries for television, radio, print, online, and mobile viewing, and listening platforms. This segment offers television audience measurement services; audio audience measurement services; digital audience measurement services, such as digital media and market research, audience analytics, and social media measurement; mobile measurement services comprising measurement and consumer research for telecom and media companies; and total audience measurement services, as well as advertising solutions. The company was formerly known as Nielsen N.V. and changed its name to Nielsen Holdings plc in August 2015. Nielsen Holdings plc was founded in 1923 and is headquartered in Oxford, the United Kingdom.

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Industry, Sector and Symbol

Stock Exchange NYSE
Industry Business services, not elsewhere classified
Sub-IndustryResearch & Consulting Services
SectorBusiness Services


Debt-to-Equity Ratio1.96
Current Ratio1.18
Quick Ratio1.19


Trailing P/E Ratio12.91
Forward P/E Ratio13.76
P/E Growth1.45

Sales & Book Value

Annual Sales$6.57 billion
Price / Sales1.47
Cash Flow$3.9251 per share
Price / Cash6.94
Book Value$12.47 per share
Price / Book2.18


EPS (Most Recent Fiscal Year)$2.11
Net Income$429 million
Net Margins5.57%
Return on Equity15.28%
Return on Assets4.01%


Outstanding Shares355,210,000
Market Cap$9.67 billion

Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) Frequently Asked Questions

What is Nielsen's stock symbol?

Nielsen trades on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol "NLSN."

How often does Nielsen pay dividends? What is the dividend yield for Nielsen?

Nielsen declared a quarterly dividend on Friday, July 20th. Investors of record on Wednesday, August 22nd will be paid a dividend of $0.35 per share on Wednesday, September 5th. This represents a $1.40 annualized dividend and a yield of 5.14%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, August 21st. View Nielsen's Dividend History.

How were Nielsen's earnings last quarter?

Nielsen Holdings PLC (NYSE:NLSN) released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July, 26th. The business services provider reported $0.20 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks' consensus estimate of $0.59 by $0.39. The business services provider earned $1.65 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.71 billion. Nielsen had a return on equity of 15.28% and a net margin of 5.57%. The business's revenue for the quarter was up .2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $0.37 earnings per share. View Nielsen's Earnings History.

When is Nielsen's next earnings date?

Nielsen is scheduled to release their next quarterly earnings announcement on Wednesday, October, 24th 2018. View Earnings Estimates for Nielsen.

What price target have analysts set for NLSN?

13 brokers have issued 1 year target prices for Nielsen's stock. Their predictions range from $24.00 to $45.00. On average, they expect Nielsen's stock price to reach $30.7692 in the next year. This suggests a possible upside of 13.0% from the stock's current price. View Analyst Price Targets for Nielsen.

What is the consensus analysts' recommendation for Nielsen?

13 Wall Street analysts have issued "buy," "hold," and "sell" ratings for Nielsen in the last year. There are currently 6 hold ratings and 7 buy ratings for the stock, resulting in a consensus recommendation of "Buy." View Analyst Ratings for Nielsen.

What are Wall Street analysts saying about Nielsen stock?

Here are some recent quotes from research analysts about Nielsen stock:
  • 1. According to Zacks Investment Research, "Nielsen reported weak second-quarter results owing to weakness in the U.S. Buy segment and unimpressive performance by the emerging markets. Also, mounting competition in the digital space impacted results. However, improving performance in the Watch segment and benefits from Gracenote acquisition are positives for the company’s market share. Moreover, the company’s Connected Partner Program bodes well for improving clientele. Also, regular dividend payment and share repurchase reflect Nielsen’s financial strength and commitment to return value to shareholders. However, continued investments in technology and infrastructure could weigh on margins and profitability, going forward. In the past 12 months, the stock has underperformed the industry it belongs to." (7/31/2018)
  • 2. Pivotal Research analysts commented, "We still think that longer term growth can return, although recognize that this is something of a leap-of-faith given weakness among many of the company’s packaged goods clients today and secular challenges that will further impact its media industry clients in the future. Competition from the likes of IRI probably probably won’t let up and a reinvigorated comScore adds further risks to this outlook. However, at the same time we also continue to hear favorable perspectives on Nielsen vs. its competitors from customers we interact with, and continue to believe that they are held up as the “gold standard” vs. its peers. Of course, if the market wants more silver than gold (to extend the metaphor) we recognize that Nielsen’s business is less assured." (7/26/2018)
  • 3. Needham & Company LLC analysts commented, "Tivity Health reported another strong quarter beating estimates handily at $138M/ $0.46 vs. consensus of $138M/$0.36, despite facing 500K visit headwind from the hurricanes. The company also reported significant growth in awareness campaigns with strong Facebook impressions (17M) and website tracking growing by 70%. We believe these are leading indicators of the potential growth in new membership and utilization into CY18 in the SilverSneakers segment. Prime also reported strong traction and is expected to build on the traction into CY18, especially with the key partner that covers 27M eligible lives. Management issued initial CY18 outlook at 11% top-line growth with margins equivalent to CY17, both of which are higher than our estimates." (10/27/2017)
  • 4. Cantor Fitzgerald analysts commented, "Largely in-line 3Q17 results expected. Our 3Q17 revenue/EBITDA/adj. EPS estimates are $1,628.4M (+3.7% Y/Y ex FX)/$511.0M (31.4% margin)/$0.71, in-line to slightly below average consensus estimates (FactSet) of $1,645M/ $524M/$0.69, respectively." (10/23/2017)

Who are some of Nielsen's key competitors?

Who are Nielsen's key executives?

Nielsen's management team includes the folowing people:
  • Mr. James A. Attwood Jr., J.D., Exec. Chairman (Age 60)
  • Mr. Dwight Mitchell Barns, CEO & Exec. Director (Age 55)
  • Mr. Eric J. Dale, Chief Legal Officer (Age 53)
  • Ms. Nancy Ramsey Phillips, Chief HR Officer (Age 50)
  • Mr. John Tavolieri, Chief Technology & Operations officer and Pres of U.S. FMCG & Retail (Age 49)

Who are Nielsen's major shareholders?

Nielsen's stock is owned by a variety of of institutional and retail investors. Top institutional investors include BlackRock Inc. (7.67%), FMR LLC (6.12%), Vontobel Asset Management Inc. (1.94%), Bank of New York Mellon Corp (1.60%), Bank of New York Mellon Corp (1.60%) and Ariel Investments LLC (1.38%). Company insiders that own Nielsen stock include Arvin Kash, David L Calhoun, Dwight Barns, Jamere Jackson, Jeffrey Charlton, Karen M Hoguet, Luca Guerrino De, Robert C Pozen and Stephen Hasker. View Institutional Ownership Trends for Nielsen.

Which institutional investors are selling Nielsen stock?

NLSN stock was sold by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Parnassus Investments CA, Alecta Pensionsforsakring Omsesidigt, OppenheimerFunds Inc., Boston Partners, Platinum Investment Management Ltd., Russell Investments Group Ltd., River Road Asset Management LLC and Vontobel Asset Management Inc.. Company insiders that have sold Nielsen company stock in the last year include Jamere Jackson, Jeffrey Charlton and Robert C Pozen. View Insider Buying and Selling for Nielsen.

Which institutional investors are buying Nielsen stock?

NLSN stock was bought by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including FMR LLC, Toronto Dominion Bank, Clarkston Capital Partners LLC, Ariel Investments LLC, State Treasurer State of Michigan, MUFG Securities EMEA plc, Bank of New York Mellon Corp and Bank of New York Mellon Corp. Company insiders that have bought Nielsen stock in the last two years include Dwight Barns and Luca Guerrino De. View Insider Buying and Selling for Nielsen.

How do I buy shares of Nielsen?

Shares of NLSN can be purchased through any online brokerage account. Popular online brokerages with access to the U.S. stock market include Vanguard Brokerage Services, TD Ameritrade, E*TRADE, Scottrade, Fidelity and Charles Schwab.

What is Nielsen's stock price today?

One share of NLSN stock can currently be purchased for approximately $27.24.

How big of a company is Nielsen?

Nielsen has a market capitalization of $9.67 billion and generates $6.57 billion in revenue each year. The business services provider earns $429 million in net income (profit) each year or $2.11 on an earnings per share basis. Nielsen employs 46,000 workers across the globe.

What is Nielsen's official website?

The official website for Nielsen is http://www.nielsen.com.

How can I contact Nielsen?

Nielsen's mailing address is AC Nielsen House London Road, Oxford X0, 10004. The business services provider can be reached via phone at 1-646-654-5000 or via email at [email protected]

MarketBeat Community Rating for Nielsen (NYSE NLSN)

Community Ranking:  2.8 out of 5 (star star)
Outperform Votes:  496 (Vote Outperform)
Underperform Votes:  388 (Vote Underperform)
Total Votes:  884
MarketBeat's community ratings are surveys of what our community members think about Nielsen and other stocks. Vote "Outperform" if you believe NLSN will outperform the S&P 500 over the long term. Vote "Underperform" if you believe NLSN will underperform the S&P 500 over the long term. You may vote once every thirty days.
This page was last updated on 9/22/2018 by MarketBeat.com Staff

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