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Is Nielsen Hldg NV (NLSN) A Good Stock To Buy?

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The worries about the election and the ongoing uncertainty about the path of interest-rate increases have been keeping investors on the sidelines. Of course, most hedge funds and other asset managers have been underperforming main stock market indices since the middle of 2015. Interestingly though, smaller-cap stocks registered their best performance relative to the large-capitalization stocks since the end of the June quarter, suggesting that this may be the best time to take a cue from their stock picks. In fact, the Russell 2000 Index gained more than 15% since the beginning of the third quarter, while the Standard and Poor’s 500 benchmark returned less than 6%. This article will lay out and discuss the hedge fund and institutional investor sentiment towards Nielsen Hldg NV (NYSE:NLSN).

Nielsen Hldg NV (NYSE:NLSN) has experienced a decrease in hedge fund sentiment of late. NLSN was in 26 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 29 hedge funds in our database with NLSN holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare NLSN to other stocks including Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE:VNO), Johnson Controls, Inc. (NYSE:JCI), and Wisconsin Energy Corporation (NYSE:WEC) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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How have hedgies been trading Nielsen Hldg NV (NYSE:NLSN)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 26 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a 10% dip from the second quarter of 2016. On the other hand, there were a total of 23 hedge funds with a bullish position in NLSN at the beginning of this year, so hedge fund sentiment is still positive for the year. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Kerr Neilson’s Platinum Asset Management has the most valuable position in Nielsen Hldg NV (NYSE:NLSN), worth close to $154 million, accounting for 3.6% of its total 13F portfolio. On Platinum Asset Management’s heels is Tetrem Capital Management, led by Daniel Bubis, holding a $38 million position; 1.4% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other peers that are bullish comprise James Parsons’ Junto Capital Management, Andrew Sandler’s Sandler Capital Management, and Lee Hicks and Jan Koerner’s Park Presidio Capital. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.

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