Nielsen Holdings NV (NLSN): Today's Featured Technology Winner

Nielsen Holdings ( NLSN) pushed the Technology sector higher today making it today's featured technology winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1.5%. By the end of trading, Nielsen Holdings rose 34 cents (1.2%) to $29.60 on average volume. Throughout the day, two million shares of Nielsen Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $29.24-$30.35 after having opened the day at $29.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.26. Other companies within the Technology sector that increased today were: ClearSign Combustion ( CLIR), up 24%, DigitalGlobe ( DGI), up 21.6%, PDF Solutions ( PDFS), up 18.3%, and Dolby Laboratories ( DLB), up 17.5%.

Nielsen Holdings N.V., through its subsidiary, The Nielsen Company B.V., operates as an information and measurement company worldwide. Nielsen Holdings has a market cap of $10.51 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 33.9, below the average computer software & services industry P/E ratio of 36 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Nielsen Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nielsen Holdings as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been poor debt management on most measures.

On the negative front, InvenSense ( INVN), down 22.9%, Analysts International ( ANLY), down 15%, Hoku ( HOKU), down 14.5%, and Mantech International ( MANT), down 13.9%, were all losers within the technology sector with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing ( TSM) being today's technology sector loser.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the technology sector could consider Technology Select Sector SPDR ( XLK) while those bearish on the technology sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Technology ( REW).

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