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

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Nielsen Holdings ( NLSN) pushed the Technology sector lower today making it today's featured Technology laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Nielsen Holdings fell $0.51 (-1.5%) to $34.23 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,384,117 shares of Nielsen Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,760,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $33.92-$34.64 after having opened the day at $34.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.74. Other companies within the Technology sector that declined today were: Renewable Energy Trade Board ( EBOD), down 31.6%, Nam Tai Electronics ( NTE), down 31.6%, Greenway Medical Technologies ( GWAY), down 22.9% and eOn Communications Corporation ( EONC), down 9.8%.
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Nielsen Holdings N.V., an information and measurement company, provides media and marketing information, analytics, and industry expertise about what consumers buy and watch on a global and local basis. Nielsen Holdings has a market cap of $12.9 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 44.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nielsen Holdings as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been unimpressive growth in net income over time.

On the positive front, Telular Corporation ( WRLS), down 31.6%, SemiLEDs ( LEDS), down 27.3%, Medidata Solutions ( MDSO), down 20.8% and ClearSign Combustion ( CLIR), down 16.6% , were all gainers within the technology sector with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing ( TSM) being today's featured technology sector leader.

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