Nielsen Sees Unusually Large Options Volume (NYSE:NLSN)

Nielsen Holdings PLC (NYSE:NLSN) saw unusually large options trading on Thursday. Stock traders bought 26,891 call options on the company. This is an increase of approximately 2,117% compared to the average volume of 1,213 call options.

Shares of Nielsen stock opened at $22.86 on Friday. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $22.85. Nielsen has a 52-week low of $20.53 and a 52-week high of $31.36. The firm has a market cap of $8.13 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.21, a PEG ratio of 1.18 and a beta of 0.91. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.76, a quick ratio of 1.07 and a current ratio of 1.07.

Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, April 30th. The business services provider reported $0.35 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.27 by $0.08. The firm had revenue of $1.56 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.57 billion. Nielsen had a positive return on equity of 15.52% and a negative net margin of 11.46%. The business’s quarterly revenue was down 2.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.40 EPS. As a group, analysts anticipate that Nielsen will post 1.58 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, June 19th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, June 5th were given a dividend of $0.35 per share. This represents a $1.40 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 6.12%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, June 4th. Nielsen’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 80.92%.

Several large investors have recently bought and sold shares of NLSN. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. increased its holdings in shares of Nielsen by 59.8% in the 4th quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. now owns 15,779 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $368,000 after purchasing an additional 5,905 shares in the last quarter. Mirae Asset Global Investments Co. Ltd. increased its holdings in shares of Nielsen by 19.1% in the 4th quarter. Mirae Asset Global Investments Co. Ltd. now owns 17,304 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $404,000 after purchasing an additional 2,771 shares in the last quarter. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. increased its holdings in shares of Nielsen by 36.3% in the 4th quarter. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. now owns 14,730 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $344,000 after purchasing an additional 3,925 shares in the last quarter. State of Tennessee Treasury Department increased its holdings in shares of Nielsen by 15.7% in the 4th quarter. State of Tennessee Treasury Department now owns 91,991 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $2,146,000 after purchasing an additional 12,472 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Northern Trust Corp increased its holdings in shares of Nielsen by 4.9% in the 4th quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 4,194,403 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $97,855,000 after purchasing an additional 196,844 shares in the last quarter. 95.39% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

NLSN has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. SunTrust Banks set a $28.00 target price on Nielsen and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, March 28th. Credit Suisse Group raised Mosaic from an “underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $27.49 target price on the stock in a research report on Thursday, March 28th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Horiba from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 22nd. Finally, ValuEngine lowered Zynerba Pharmaceuticals from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, May 28th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $27.58.

About Nielsen

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.

Further Reading: Why do analysts give a neutral rating?

Receive News & Ratings for Nielsen Daily - Enter your email address below to receive a concise daily summary of the latest news and analysts' ratings for Nielsen and related companies with MarketBeat.com's FREE daily email newsletter.