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Will Q1 Earnings Hold a Surprise for Nielsen (NLSN) Stock?

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Nielsen Holdings plc (NLSN - Free Report) is set to report first-quarter 2017 results on Apr 25. Last quarter, the company posted a negative earnings surprise of 42.86%.

Notably, Nielsen surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate in two of the last four quarters, with an average negative surprise of 10.23%.

Also, in the last one year, shares of Nielsen underperformed the Zacks characterized Business Information Services industry. The stock registered a loss of 21% compared with the industry’s gain of 1.8%.

Let’s see how things are shaping up for this announcement.

Factors at Play

Nielsen is an information and measurement company offering media and marketing information on what consumers watch and buy on a global and local basis. The company reported decent fourth-quarter results, with the top line beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate but the bottom line missing the same.

Revenues of $1.66 billion were up 2.2% year over year on the back of solid performance by the company’s Buy and Watch business lines.

Regular dividend payment and share repurchase programs reflect Nielsen’s financial strength and commitment to return value to shareholders. Also, the company's new products are doing well and should drive revenues in the to-be-reported quarter.

However, continued investments in technology and infrastructure could weigh on margins and profitability in the to-be-reported quarter.

Earnings Whispers

Our proven model does not conclusively show that Nielsen is likely to beat on earnings this quarter. That is because a stock needs to have both a positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) for this to happen. That is not the case here as you will see below.

Zacks ESP: Both the Most Accurate estimate and the Zacks Consensus Estimate stand at 42 cents. Therefore, Earnings ESP for Nielsen is 0.00%. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter.

Zacks Rank: Nielsen carries a Zacks Rank #3.

We caution against stocks with a Zacks Rank #4 or 5 (Sell rated) going into the earnings announcement, especially when the company is witnessing negative estimate revisions.

Nielsen N.V. Price and EPS Surprise


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Stocks to Consider

Here are some stocks which you may consider instead, as our model shows that they have the right combination of elements to post an earnings beat this quarter:

Teradyne Inc. (TER - Free Report) , with an Earnings ESP of +2.63% and a Zacks Rank #1. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Fortive Corporation (FTV - Free Report) with an Earnings ESP of +1.75% and a Zacks Rank #2.

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NOC - Free Report) , with an Earnings ESP of +0.35% and a Zacks Rank #2.

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