Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:WLTW) – Stock analysts at William Blair lowered their Q3 2017 EPS estimates for shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a report issued on Thursday. William Blair analyst A. Klauber now expects that the financial services provider will post earnings of $1.14 per share for the quarter, down from their prior estimate of $1.17. William Blair currently has a “Outperform” rating on the stock. William Blair also issued estimates for Willis Towers Watson Public Limited’s Q4 2017 earnings at $2.05 EPS, FY2017 earnings at $8.37 EPS, Q1 2018 earnings at $4.13 EPS, Q2 2018 earnings at $1.74 EPS, Q3 2018 earnings at $1.36 EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at $2.36 EPS and FY2018 earnings at $9.61 EPS.

Other equities analysts have also issued research reports about the company. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $158.00 target price on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research note on Friday, July 14th. Citigroup Inc. boosted their price target on Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from $166.00 to $174.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, July 13th. Jefferies Group LLC restated a “buy” rating and set a $165.00 price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research note on Friday, June 16th. UBS AG restated a “buy” rating and set a $163.00 price target (up previously from $159.00) on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research note on Monday, June 5th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus restated a “buy” rating and set a $166.00 price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research note on Friday, July 21st. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and twelve have given a buy rating to the stock. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $152.08.

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Shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (WLTW) opened at 149.64 on Monday. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $147.19 and a 200-day moving average of $136.10. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited has a 52-week low of $112.76 and a 52-week high of $151.02. The stock has a market capitalization of $20.23 billion, a P/E ratio of 39.36 and a beta of 0.93.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ:WLTW) last released its earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The financial services provider reported $1.45 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.48 by $0.03. The business had revenue of $1.95 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.95 billion. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited had a return on equity of 10.63% and a net margin of 4.75%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up .2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $1.66 earnings per share.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, July 17th. Investors of record on Friday, June 30th were given a $0.53 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, June 28th. This represents a $2.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.42%. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited’s dividend payout ratio is currently 76.81%.

In related news, insider Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 445,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $145.03, for a total value of $64,538,350.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, Director Paul D. Thomas sold 2,200 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $141.62, for a total value of $311,564.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders sold 1,450,378 shares of company stock worth $205,839,802. 6.70% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Large investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Mn Services Vermogensbeheer B.V. raised its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 2.8% in the first quarter. Mn Services Vermogensbeheer B.V. now owns 3,465 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $424,000 after buying an additional 94 shares in the last quarter. Nationwide Fund Advisors raised its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 0.4% in the first quarter. Nationwide Fund Advisors now owns 94,597 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $12,382,000 after buying an additional 408 shares in the last quarter. State of Alaska Department of Revenue raised its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 156.0% in the first quarter. State of Alaska Department of Revenue now owns 7,614 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $996,000 after buying an additional 4,640 shares in the last quarter. Rice Hall James & Associates LLC raised its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 4.1% in the first quarter. Rice Hall James & Associates LLC now owns 9,894 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $1,295,000 after buying an additional 393 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Quotient Investors LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited during the first quarter worth approximately $2,845,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 92.67% of the company’s stock.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited 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.

Earnings History and Estimates for Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ:WLTW)

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