Epoch Investment Partners Inc. bought a new position in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:WLTW) during the second quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm bought 1,154,349 shares of the financial services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $167,911,000. Epoch Investment Partners Inc. owned 0.85% of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Several other large investors also recently modified their holdings of WLTW. Gabelli Funds LLC increased its position in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 58.3% during the first quarter. Gabelli Funds LLC now owns 9,500 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $1,243,000 after acquiring an additional 3,500 shares during the period. Karp Capital Management Corp purchased a new position in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited during the first quarter worth approximately $1,158,000. JPMorgan Chase & Co. increased its position in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 1,026.9% during the first quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 518,950 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $67,924,000 after acquiring an additional 472,900 shares during the period. Cibc World Markets Corp increased its position in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 51.7% during the first quarter. Cibc World Markets Corp now owns 13,303 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $1,741,000 after acquiring an additional 4,531 shares during the period. Finally, Ariel Investments LLC increased its position in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 22.6% during the first quarter. Ariel Investments LLC now owns 501,860 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $65,688,000 after acquiring an additional 92,658 shares during the period. 94.38% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

WLTW has been the topic of several research reports. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, July 13th. UBS AG reissued a “buy” rating and set a $163.00 price objective (up from $159.00) on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a report on Monday, June 5th. Morgan Stanley reissued an “overweight” rating and set a $160.00 price objective (up from $150.00) on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a report on Friday, July 7th. Robert W. Baird reissued a “buy” rating and set a $167.00 price objective on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a report on Tuesday, September 12th. Finally, ValuEngine raised shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, September 8th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and fifteen have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $154.50.

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

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, October 16th. Shareholders of record on Saturday, September 30th will be given a $0.53 dividend. This represents a $2.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.39%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 28th. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited’s dividend payout ratio is presently 76.81%.

In other Willis Towers Watson Public Limited news, Director Brendan R. Oneill sold 5,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, August 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $150.92, for a total value of $754,600.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 17,302 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,611,217.84. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, insider Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 41,348 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, September 18th. The shares were sold at an average price of $152.38, for a total transaction of $6,300,608.24. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders sold 4,086,000 shares of company stock worth $610,587,219. Insiders own 6.70% of the company’s stock.

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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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