Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:WLTW) – William Blair increased their Q1 2018 earnings per share estimates for Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research report issued on Friday. William Blair analyst A. Klauber now expects that the financial services provider will post earnings per share of $4.15 for the quarter, up from their prior estimate of $4.13. William Blair has a “Outperform” rating on the stock.

A number of other equities research analysts also recently issued reports on WLTW. UBS AG reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $163.00 price target (up from $159.00) on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research note on Monday, June 5th. Citigroup Inc. reduced their price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from $174.00 to $173.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research note on Monday, August 7th. Deutsche Bank AG reissued a “sell” rating and issued a $130.00 price target (up from $121.00) on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research note on Wednesday, August 9th. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $175.00 price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research note on Friday, August 4th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and fifteen have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $154.50.

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Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ WLTW) opened at 152.71 on Monday. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited has a 52 week low of $112.76 and a 52 week high of $153.80. The company has a market capitalization of $20.51 billion, a P/E ratio of 43.22 and a beta of 0.94. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $152.36 and a 200-day moving average of $152.36.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ:WLTW) last issued its earnings results 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). The company had revenue of $1.95 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.95 billion. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited had a return on equity of 10.63% and a net margin of 4.75%. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited’s revenue was up .2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $1.66 earnings per share.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. W. E. Donoghue & Co. LLC acquired a new position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited during the 2nd quarter worth approximately $200,000. Capital Returns Management LLC acquired a new position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited during the 2nd quarter worth approximately $15,474,000. Sentry Investment Management LLC grew its holdings in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 10.7% during the 2nd quarter. Sentry Investment Management LLC now owns 34,587 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $5,031,000 after acquiring an additional 3,353 shares in the last quarter. Toronto Dominion Bank grew its holdings in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 25.2% during the 2nd quarter. Toronto Dominion Bank now owns 43,082 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $6,264,000 after acquiring an additional 8,677 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. grew its holdings in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 0.5% during the 2nd quarter. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. now owns 20,820 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $3,027,000 after acquiring an additional 94 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 94.38% of the company’s stock.

In other Willis Towers Watson Public Limited news, CFO Roger F. Millay sold 20,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $149.58, for a total transaction of $2,991,600.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 14,059 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,102,945.22. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, insider Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 820,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, August 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $149.59, for a total transaction of $122,663,800.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 4,086,000 shares of company stock valued at $610,587,219 in the last 90 days. Company insiders own 6.70% of the company’s stock.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, October 16th. Investors of record on Saturday, September 30th will be issued 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 of this dividend is Thursday, September 28th. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 76.81%.

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.

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

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