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

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$25.72 -0.07 (-0.27 %)
(As of 11/16/2018 04:00 PM ET)
Previous Close$25.72
Today's Range$25.51 - $25.9525
52-Week Range$20.53 - $39.25
Volume3.18 million shs
Average Volume4.81 million shs
Market Capitalization$9.21 billion
P/E Ratio12.19
Dividend Yield5.39%
Nielsen 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
Current SymbolNYSE:NLSN
Previous Symbol


Debt-to-Equity Ratio1.97
Current Ratio1.14
Quick Ratio1.14


Trailing P/E Ratio12.19
Forward P/E Ratio13.19
P/E Growth1.4

Sales & Book Value

Annual Sales$6.57 billion
Price / Sales1.39
Cash Flow$3.8852 per share
Price / Cash6.62
Book Value$11.87 per share
Price / Book2.17


EPS (Most Recent Fiscal Year)$2.11
Net Income$429 million
Net Margins4.85%
Return on Equity14.56%
Return on Assets3.76%


Outstanding Shares354,980,000
Market Cap$9.21 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 announced a quarterly dividend on Friday, October 19th. Investors of record on Wednesday, November 21st will be given a dividend of $0.35 per share on Wednesday, December 5th. This represents a $1.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 5.44%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, November 20th. View Nielsen's Dividend History.

How were Nielsen's earnings last quarter?

Nielsen Holdings PLC (NYSE:NLSN) released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October, 25th. The business services provider reported $0.27 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts' consensus estimates of $0.25 by $0.02. The business services provider earned $1.60 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.58 billion. Nielsen had a net margin of 4.85% and a return on equity of 14.56%. View Nielsen's Earnings History.

When is Nielsen's next earnings date?

Nielsen is scheduled to release their next quarterly earnings announcement on Thursday, February 14th 2019. View Earnings Estimates for Nielsen.

What guidance has Nielsen issued on next quarter's earnings?

Nielsen updated its FY 2018 earnings guidance on Thursday, October, 25th. The company provided EPS guidance of $0.95-1.00 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $0.99. The company issued revenue guidance of $6.506-6.506 billion, compared to the consensus revenue estimate of $6.54 billion.

What price target have analysts set for NLSN?

12 equities research analysts have issued 1 year target prices for Nielsen's shares. Their predictions range from $24.00 to $43.00. On average, they expect Nielsen's share price to reach $29.6667 in the next year. This suggests a possible upside of 15.3% from the stock's current price. View Analyst Price Targets for Nielsen.

What is the consensus analysts' recommendation for Nielsen?

12 Wall Street analysts have issued "buy," "hold," and "sell" ratings for Nielsen in the last year. There are currently 5 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 third-quarter results, owing to sluggishness in the U.S. Buy segment and unimpressive performance in the emerging markets. Further, the company’s continued investments in technology and infrastructure remain risks for margin expansion and profitability, going forward. Notably, the stock has underperformed the industry it belongs to on a year-to-date basis. Nevertheless, the company's 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, mounting competition in the digital space poses a major threat to the company’s market position." (11/14/2018)
  • 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)

Has Nielsen been receiving favorable news coverage?

Media stories about NLSN stock have trended somewhat positive recently, InfoTrie Sentiment reports. InfoTrie identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than six thousand news and blog sources in real time. The firm ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Nielsen earned a media sentiment score of 1.7 on InfoTrie's scale. They also gave media stories about the business services provider a news buzz of 10.0 out of 10, meaning that recent news coverage is extremely likely to have an effect on the company's share price in the near future.

Are investors shorting Nielsen?

Nielsen saw a decline in short interest in the month of October. As of October 31st, there was short interest totalling 24,914,193 shares, a decline of 15.4% from the October 15th total of 29,443,091 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 5,297,493 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 4.7 days. Approximately 7.0% of the company's stock are short sold. View Nielsen's Current Options Chain.

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. David John Anderson, Chief Financial Officer (Age 69)

Who are Nielsen's major shareholders?

Nielsen's stock is owned by a variety of of retail and institutional investors. Top institutional shareholders include BlackRock Inc. (7.55%), FMR LLC (6.34%), Capital Research Global Investors (3.29%), Bank of New York Mellon Corp (2.55%), Windacre Partnership LLC (2.00%) and Clarkston Capital Partners LLC (1.55%). Company insiders that own Nielsen stock include 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 major investors are selling Nielsen stock?

NLSN stock was sold by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Capital Research Global Investors, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., Sterling Capital Management LLC, Mackenzie Financial Corp, First Trust Advisors LP, Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management Company LTD, Mitsubishi UFJ Trust & Banking Corp and BlackRock 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 major investors are buying Nielsen stock?

NLSN stock was acquired by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Capital International Investors, Bank of New York Mellon Corp, New South Capital Management Inc., Clarkston Capital Partners LLC, Thompson Siegel & Walmsley LLC, Jennison Associates LLC, Ceredex Value Advisors LLC and York Capital Management Global Advisors LLC. 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 $25.72.

How big of a company is Nielsen?

Nielsen has a market capitalization of $9.21 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:  508 (Vote Outperform)
Underperform Votes:  396 (Vote Underperform)
Total Votes:  904
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This page was last updated on 11/17/2018 by MarketBeat.com Staff

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