Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ: WLTW) has recently received a number of price target changes and ratings updates:

  • 8/9/2017 – Willis Towers Watson Public Limited had its “sell” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Deutsche Bank AG. They now have a $130.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $121.00.
  • 8/7/2017 – Willis Towers Watson Public Limited had its price target lowered by analysts at Citigroup Inc. from $174.00 to $173.00. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 8/4/2017 – Willis Towers Watson Public Limited had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus. They now have a $175.00 price target on the stock.
  • 8/3/2017 – Willis Towers Watson Public Limited had its “sell” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Wells Fargo & Company.
  • 7/27/2017 – Willis Towers Watson Public Limited was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Shares of Willis Towers outperformed the industry year to date. Willis Towers is set to deliver long-term shareholder value via incremental revenue growth, cost synergies, and tax efficiencies, besides unlocking balance sheet capacity. Focus on realizing operational efficiencies, investing in new growth avenues and strengthening its client services bode well. The legacy companies, acquired from buyouts over the last few years, will combine forces and leverage strengths to penetrate deeper into markets, and expand international presence. However, escalating expenses, rising debt level, and adverse forex remain concerns. Our proven model does not conclusively show that the company is likely to beat on earnings when it reports on Aug 3. While a Zacks Rank #3 increases the predictive power of ESP, an Earnings ESP of 0.00% makes prediction difficult.”
  • 7/21/2017 – Willis Towers Watson Public Limited had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus. They now have a $166.00 price target on the stock.
  • 7/14/2017 – Willis Towers Watson Public Limited had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. They now have a $158.00 price target on the stock.
  • 7/13/2017 – Willis Towers Watson Public Limited was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating. According to Zacks, “Shares of Willis Towers underperformed the Zacks categorized Insurance Broker industry quarter to date. Escalating expenses, rising debt level, and adverse forex remain concerns. Nonetheless, Willis Towers is set to deliver long-term shareholder value via incremental revenue growth, cost synergies, and tax efficiencies, besides unlocking balance sheet capacity. Going ahead, focus on realizing operational efficiencies, investing in new growth avenues and strengthening its client services bode well. The legacy companies, acquired from buyouts over the last few years, will combine forces and leverage strengths to penetrate deeper into markets, and expand international presence. Willis Towers expects adjusted EPS between $8.40 and $8.55, constant currency revenue growth in the range of 2–3% and adjusted EBITDA margin in the range of 23–24% in 2017.”
  • 7/13/2017 – Willis Towers Watson Public Limited had its price target raised by analysts at Citigroup Inc. from $166.00 to $174.00. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 7/10/2017 – Willis Towers Watson Public Limited had its “sell” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Deutsche Bank AG. They now have a $121.00 price target on the stock.
  • 7/7/2017 – Willis Towers Watson Public Limited had its “overweight” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Morgan Stanley. They now have a $160.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $150.00.
  • 6/30/2017 – Willis Towers Watson Public Limited had its price target raised by analysts at Barclays PLC from $154.00 to $171.00. They now have an “overweight” rating on the stock.
  • 6/16/2017 – Willis Towers Watson Public Limited had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Jefferies Group LLC. They now have a $165.00 price target on the stock.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ WLTW) opened at 147.97 on Friday. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company has a 1-year low of $112.76 and a 1-year high of $151.02. The company has a market cap of $19.87 billion, a P/E ratio of 41.88 and a beta of 0.93. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $147.23 and its 200 day moving average price is $137.04.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ:WLTW) last issued its quarterly earnings data 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 the consensus estimate of $1.95 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $1.66 EPS. The business’s revenue was up .2% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company will post $8.43 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, July 17th. Investors of record on Friday, June 30th were issued a $0.53 dividend. This represents a $2.12 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.43%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, June 28th. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited’s payout ratio is currently 76.81%.

In related news, insider Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 1,000,000 shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited stock in a transaction on Friday, May 19th. The stock was sold at an average price of $140.53, for a total value of $140,530,000.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, insider Nicolas Aubert sold 3,178 shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited stock in a transaction on Friday, May 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $144.71, for a total value of $459,888.38. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 2,493,178 shares of company stock valued at $361,886,138 in the last ninety days. 6.70% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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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