Stop Chasing High Dividends: Nielsen Holdings plc (NLSN) generates Yield of 4.04%

Marco Green
April 21, 2018

Wall Street analysts often provide price target projections on stocks that they cover.

NLSN has been the topic of a number of research reports.

Nielsen Holdings plc (NYSE:NLSN) is awaited to report earnings on April, 26 before the open., according to RTT. The rating was maintained by Morgan Stanley with "Overweight" on Friday, November 10. The stock now has a consensus rating of "Hold" and a consensus target price of $41.88. On Friday, February 9 BMO Capital Markets maintained Nielsen Holdings plc (NYSE:NLSN) rating. Finally, Pivotal Research restated a "hold" rating and set a $36.00 target price on shares of Nielsen a report on Thursday, January 12th.

Among 11 analysts covering Nielsen Holdings (NYSE:NLSN), 7 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 3 Hold. Moving to a broader perspective, this stock has recently been trading -22.84% away from its 52-week high and +9.82% away from its 52-week low price. (NYSE:NLSN) traded down 3.13% during trading on Monday, hitting $42.64. The stock, as of last trade, has shown weekly return of 5.29%, which was maintained at 0.54% in 1-month period. The beta factor is 0.96.Volatility shows sense of how far the stock will fall if the market takes a dive and how high stock will rise if the bull starts to climb. The 20-day simple moving average for Nielsen Holdings plc is 4.95%. Nielsen had a net margin of 6.53% and a return on equity of 16.79%.

Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, February 8th. The business services provider reported $0.71 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.75 by ($0.04).

Company's EPS for the past five years is valued at 1.8 percent leading it to an EPS value of 14.78 percent for the next five years. Express Scripts Holding Company dipped to as low as $71.045 throughout the day and has returned -4.05% in this year. The firm's revenue for the quarter was up 6.3% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts forecast that Nielsen Holdings will post 2.52 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, March 21st. Stockholders of record on Thursday, March 2nd were given a dividend of $0.31 per share. This represents a $1.36 annualized dividend and a yield of 4.04%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, March 6th. Nielsen's dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 64.45%. The stock has "Buy" rating by Citigroup on Friday, November 17. The total amount of shares outstanding is 522.70M, giving the company a market capitalization of about 32.02B. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 81,848 shares of the company's stock, valued at approximately $2,698,528.56. Also, Director David L. Calhoun sold 230,000 shares of the company's stock in a transaction on Monday, February 27th. Many value shareholders look for stocks with a high percentage of insider ownership, under the theory that when administration are shareholders, they will act in its own self-interest, and create shareholder value in the long-term. As a result, the company has an (Earning per Share) EPS growth of 883.53% for the coming year. Outstanding shares refer to a company's stock now held by all its shareholders, including share blocks held by institutional investors and restricted shares owned by the company's officers and insiders.

Several research firms have commented on NLSN. Finally, Vontobel Asset Management Inc. increased its position in shares of Nielsen by 51.2% during the 4th quarter. The firm has "Buy" rating given on Monday, October 23 by SunTrust. Analysts predicts -38.03 % negative EPS growth this quarter. Two Sigma Investments LP increased its position in shares of Nielsen 2,201.7% in the fourth quarter.

Trading volume, or volume, is the number of shares or contracts that point towards the full activity of a security or stock market for a given period. Aperio Group LLC now owns 109,633 shares of the company's stock worth $5,873,000 after buying an additional 6,403 shares during the last quarter. The Nielsen Holdings plc has shown a five days performance of 5.29% and thirty days performance stands at 0.54%.

The stock unfolded volatility at 1.07% during a week and it has been swapped around 1.82% over a month.

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