Nielsen Hldg 2Q Earnings Pregame Scorecard

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Last quarter Nielsen Hldg (NYSE:NLSN) beat estimates by 3 cents per share and it is up again on Wednesday, July 25, 2012.

Expectations

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Analysts currently expect Nielsen Hldg to come in with earnings of 40 cents per share on revenues of $1.41 billion. Estimates range from earnings per share to earnings per share. Over the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 41 cents.

Stock Movement

The stock price has been falling recently The share price has fallen 60 cents since July 3, 2012. Looking at change over the last three months, April 23, 2012 and July 18, 2012, the stock price fell $2.95 (-10.2%), from $28.92 to $25.97.

Company Fundamental Trends On the top line, the company is looking to build on four-straight revenue increases heading into this earnings announcement. Revenue rose 9.9% in the second quarter of the last fiscal year, 9.6% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year and 3.6% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year before increasing again in the first quarter.

Stock Ratings

Analysts are bullish on the stock as eight analysts rate it as a buy and there are no sell ratings. Nielsen Hldg's average analyst rating hasn't changed over the past three months.

Last Quarter's Results

In the first quarter, the company swung to a profit of $25 million (7 cents a share) from a loss of $182 million (55 cents) a year earlier, beating analyst estimates. Revenue rose 2.9% to $1.34 billion from $1.3 billion.

Summary

Reporting Period: 2Q

Date of Release: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 before market open

EPS: 40 cents

Revenue Estimate: $1.41 billion

(Company fundamentals by Xignite Financials. Earnings estimates provided by Zacks)