Jefferies Group reiterated their buy rating on shares of Willis Towers Watson PLC (NASDAQ:WLTW) in a report issued on Tuesday morning. The brokerage currently has a $140.00 target price on the stock.

Analyst Recommendations for Willis Towers Watson PLC (NASDAQ:WLTW)

WLTW has been the subject of a number of other research reports. Credit Suisse Group AG set a $108.00 target price on Willis Towers Watson PLC and gave the company a hold rating in a research note on Monday, September 12th. Citigroup Inc. lowered their target price on Willis Towers Watson PLC from $148.00 to $140.00 and set a buy rating for the company in a research note on Tuesday, August 9th. Deutsche Bank AG reiterated a hold rating on shares of Willis Towers Watson PLC in a research note on Wednesday, June 15th. Langen Mcalenn cut Willis Towers Watson PLC from a buy rating to a neutral rating in a research note on Friday, June 24th. Finally, Janney Montgomery Scott cut Willis Towers Watson PLC from a buy rating to a neutral rating in a research note on Friday, June 24th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating, nine have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $119.67.

Willis Towers Watson PLC (NASDAQ:WLTW) opened at 129.18 on Tuesday. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $123.72 and its 200-day moving average price is $123.14. Willis Towers Watson PLC has a 12 month low of $104.11 and a 12 month high of $129.76. The stock has a market cap of $17.83 billion, a PE ratio of 33.17 and a beta of 0.83.

Willis Towers Watson PLC (NASDAQ:WLTW) last released its earnings results on Friday, August 5th. The company reported $1.66 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.65 by $0.01. The company earned $1.98 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.98 billion. Willis Towers Watson PLC had a return on equity of 11.66% and a net margin of 6.71%. The company’s revenue was up 114.2% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts anticipate that Willis Towers Watson PLC will post $7.72 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, October 17th. Shareholders of record on Friday, September 30th will be issued a $0.48 dividend. This represents a $1.92 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.49%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, September 28th. Willis Towers Watson PLC’s payout ratio is 53.25%.

In related news, Director Anna C. Catalano sold 390 shares of Willis Towers Watson PLC stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $122.00, for a total value of $47,580.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, insider Nicolas Aubert sold 3,149 shares of Willis Towers Watson PLC stock in a transaction on Tuesday, September 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $126.65, for a total value of $398,820.85. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 6.40% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Several hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of WLTW. Park Avenue Institutional Advisers LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson PLC during the first quarter valued at approximately $103,000. Advisors Asset Management Inc. raised its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson PLC by 53.1% in the second quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. now owns 1,332 shares of the company’s stock valued at $166,000 after buying an additional 462 shares during the last quarter. Global X Management Co. LLC raised its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson PLC by 70.1% in the second quarter. Global X Management Co. LLC now owns 1,419 shares of the company’s stock valued at $176,000 after buying an additional 585 shares during the last quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC purchased a new stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson PLC during the second quarter valued at approximately $189,000. Finally, PBWM Holdings LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson PLC during the second quarter valued at approximately $202,000. 91.14% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Willis Towers Watson PLC Company Profile

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (Willis Towers Watson) is a holding company. The Company operates as a global advisory, broking and solutions company. It is engaged in offering risk management, insurance broking, consulting, technology and solutions, and private exchanges. The Company operates through eight segments: Willis International; Willis North America; Willis Capital, Wholesale & Reinsurance (CWR); Willis GB; Towers Watson Benefits; Towers Watson Exchange Solutions; Towers Watson Risk and Financial Services; and Towers Watson Talent and Rewards.

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