Analysts Offer Insights on Technology Companies: Nielsen Holdings (NYSE: NLSN) and Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ: MSFT)

By Carrie Williams

Analysts have been eager to weigh in on the Technology sector with new ratings on Nielsen Holdings (NYSE: NLSN) and Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ: MSFT).

Nielsen Holdings (NYSE: NLSN)

In a report released today, Ashwin Shirvaikar from Citigroup assigned a Hold rating to Nielsen Holdings (NYSE: NLSN), with a price target of $45. The company’s shares closed yesterday at $44.63, close to its 52-week low of $42.74.

According to TipRanks.com, Shirvaikar is a 5-star analyst with an average return of 16.8% and a 68.8% success rate. Shirvaikar covers the Services sector, focusing on stocks such as Global Payments Inc., Thomson Reuters Corp, and Exlservice Holdings.

Nielsen Holdings has an analyst consensus of Moderate Buy, with a price target consensus of $56.

Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ: MSFT)

Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ: MSFT) received a Buy rating and a $68 price target from Goldman Sachs analyst Heather Bellini today. The company’s shares closed yesterday at $59.65, close to its 52-week high of $61.37.

According to TipRanks.com, Bellini is a 5-star analyst with an average return of 13.6% and a 64.9% success rate. Bellini covers the Technology sector, focusing on stocks such as Jive Software Inc., TiVo Corporation, and Citrix Systems.

Currently, the analyst consensus on Microsoft Corp is Moderate Buy and the average price target is $64.60, representing an 8.3% upside.

In a report issued on November 14, Barclays also reiterated a Buy rating on the stock with a $65 price target.