Asset Management One Co. Ltd. decreased its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:WLTW) by 75.3% during the first quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor owned 3,251 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 9,919 shares during the period. Asset Management One Co. Ltd.’s holdings in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company were worth $425,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Several other hedge funds have also made changes to their positions in the stock. United Capital Financial Advisers LLC increased its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company by 1.1% in the fourth quarter. United Capital Financial Advisers LLC now owns 2,288 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $280,000 after buying an additional 26 shares in the last quarter. Conning Inc. increased its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company by 1.4% in the first quarter. Conning Inc. now owns 2,250 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $295,000 after buying an additional 30 shares in the last quarter. Atria Investments LLC increased its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company by 1.0% in the first quarter. Atria Investments LLC now owns 4,805 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $629,000 after buying an additional 46 shares in the last quarter. Mn Services Vermogensbeheer B.V. increased its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company by 2.8% in the first quarter. Mn Services Vermogensbeheer B.V. now owns 3,465 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $424,000 after buying an additional 94 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Massmutual Trust Co. FSB ADV increased its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company by 4.5% in the first quarter. Massmutual Trust Co. FSB ADV now owns 2,670 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $349,000 after buying an additional 115 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 92.83% of the company’s stock.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:WLTW)

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ WLTW) traded up 0.25% during trading on Tuesday, reaching $149.95. The company had a trading volume of 81,358 shares. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $143.55 and a 200 day moving average price of $131.06. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company has a 12-month low of $112.76 and a 12-month high of $150.47. The stock has a market cap of $20.27 billion, a P/E ratio of 39.44 and a beta of 0.93.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:WLTW) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, May 4th. The financial services provider reported $3.71 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $3.33 by $0.38. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company had a net margin of 5.24% and a return on equity of 10.76%. The company had revenue of $2.32 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.29 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $3.41 earnings per share. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company’s quarterly revenue was up 3.8% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts predict that Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company will post $8.54 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, July 17th. Stockholders of record on Friday, June 30th will be given a dividend of $0.53 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, June 28th. This represents a $2.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.42%. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company’s payout ratio is 69.97%.

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Several brokerages have recently weighed in on WLTW. Jefferies Group LLC restated a “buy” rating and set a $165.00 target price on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company in a research note on Friday. William Blair restated an “outperform” rating on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company in a research note on Thursday, May 4th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, May 8th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co restated a “sell” rating on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company in a research note on Sunday, April 9th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $142.30.

In other news, insider Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 1,000,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, May 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $140.53, for a total transaction of $140,530,000.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, Director Paul D. Thomas sold 2,200 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $141.62, for a total transaction of $311,564.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 1,450,378 shares of company stock worth $205,839,802 over the last quarter. 6.70% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

About Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company

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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