Seven Bridges Advisors LLC increased its stake in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:WLTW) by 4.6% during the second quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 9,623 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after buying an additional 422 shares during the period. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited comprises about 1.3% of Seven Bridges Advisors LLC’s portfolio, making the stock its 22nd largest position. Seven Bridges Advisors LLC’s holdings in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited were worth $1,400,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Several other large investors also recently bought and sold shares of WLTW. BlackRock Inc. increased its position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 2,106.3% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 5,379,306 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $704,098,000 after buying an additional 5,135,491 shares in the last quarter. Harris Associates L P increased its position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 27.4% in the first quarter. Harris Associates L P now owns 7,910,397 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $1,035,392,000 after buying an additional 1,701,826 shares in the last quarter. FMR LLC increased its position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 38.9% in the first quarter. FMR LLC now owns 2,261,668 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $296,030,000 after buying an additional 633,495 shares in the last quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. increased its position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 1,026.9% in the first quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 518,950 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $67,924,000 after buying an additional 472,900 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Vanguard Group Inc. increased its position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 3.5% in the first quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 12,360,654 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $1,617,886,000 after buying an additional 416,476 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 92.06% of the company’s stock.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:WLTW) opened at 149.58 on Tuesday. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company has a 12 month low of $112.76 and a 12 month high of $151.02. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $147.19 and a 200-day moving average of $136.10. The firm has a market cap of $20.22 billion, a P/E ratio of 39.34 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 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.48 by $0.03. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited had a return on equity of 10.63% and a net margin of 4.75%. The firm had revenue of $1.95 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.95 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $1.66 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up .2% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts forecast that Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company will post $8.46 earnings per share for the current year.

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

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A number of research analysts recently issued reports on WLTW shares. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 12th. Wells Fargo & Company restated a “sell” rating on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research report on Thursday, May 4th. William Blair restated an “outperform” rating on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research report on Thursday, May 4th. Jefferies Group LLC boosted their target price on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from $141.00 to $165.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 10th. Finally, UBS AG restated a “buy” rating and set a $163.00 target price (up from $159.00) on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research report on Monday, June 5th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and twelve have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $152.00.

In other news, insider Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 445,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, May 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $145.03, for a total value of $64,538,350.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director Paul D. Thomas sold 2,200 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction 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 sold a total of 1,450,378 shares of company stock valued at $205,839,802 in the last 90 days. Company insiders own 6.70% of the company’s stock.

About Willis Towers Watson Public Limited

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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