Nielsen Holdings Third Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Nielsen Holdings (NYSE:NLSN) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

Nielsen Holdings Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 43 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 41 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $1.48 per share, a rise of 97.3% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company topped estimates by 0 cents, coming in at profit of 41 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 38 cents. The company fell in line with estimates in the first quarter.

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Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with seven analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and two rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the second quarter, profit remained level at $69 million (19 cents a share) from the year earlier, beating analyst estimates. Revenue was unchanged at $1.4 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Arbitron Inc. (NYSE:ARB), COMSCORE, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCOR), WPP PLC (NASDAQ:WPPGY), Forrester Research, Inc. (NASDAQ:FORR), Ipsos SA (NYSE:IPS), UBM Plc (NYSE:UBM) and Arteria SA (AMEX:ARR).

Stock Price Performance: During September 23, 2011 to October 21, 2011, the stock price had risen $2.36 (8.9%) from $26.62 to $28.98. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between February 11, 2011 and February 18, 2011 when shares rose for six-straight days, rising 9.8% (+$2.47) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between September 27, 2011 and October 3, 2011 when shares fell for five-straight days, falling 8.6% (-$2.35) over that span.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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