Nielsen Holdings NV (NLSN): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Winner

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Nielsen Holdings ( NLSN) pushed the Computer Software & Services industry higher today making it today's featured computer software & services winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Nielsen Holdings rose $0.53 (1.5%) to $35.01 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,312,530 shares of Nielsen Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,912,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $34.16-$35.01 after having opened the day at $34.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.48. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were: Intelligent Systems ( INS), up 13.5%, China Information Technology ( CNIT), up 9.1%, DTS ( DTSI), up 9.1% and Datawatch Corporation ( DWCH), up 6.1%.
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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 technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 44.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Nielsen Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 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 an overall disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Wireless Ronin Technologies ( RNIN), down 29.4%, China Digital TV ( STV), down 8.7%, CSP ( CSPI), down 5.6% and Ninetowns Internet Technology Group Company ( NINE), down 5.5% , were all laggards within the computer software & services industry with Sap ( SAP) being today's computer software & services industry laggard.

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