Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:WLTW) has earned a consensus rating of “Buy” from the twenty ratings firms that are covering the stock, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, three have given a hold recommendation, fourteen have assigned a buy recommendation and one has given a strong buy recommendation to the company. The average 12 month target price among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $157.86.

Several brokerages have recently weighed in on WLTW. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $164.00 price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research report on Thursday. ValuEngine cut Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, October 2nd. SunTrust Banks, Inc. restated a “buy” rating and set a $182.00 target price on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research report on Friday, October 6th. BidaskClub upgraded Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, September 28th. Finally, Robert W. Baird restated a “buy” rating and set a $167.00 target price on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research report on Tuesday, September 12th.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (WLTW) traded up 0.74% during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $157.59. The stock had a trading volume of 972,404 shares. The company’s 50 day moving average is $154.12 and its 200-day moving average is $147.71. The stock has a market capitalization of $21.21 billion, a P/E ratio of 44.52 and a beta of 0.95. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited has a 52 week low of $112.76 and a 52 week high of $157.84.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ:WLTW) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The financial services provider reported $1.45 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.48 by ($0.03). The company had revenue of $1.95 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.95 billion. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited had a net margin of 4.75% and a return on equity of 10.63%. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited’s revenue for the quarter was up .2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $1.66 earnings per share. On average, analysts expect that Willis Towers Watson Public Limited will post $8.43 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, October 16th. Shareholders of record on Saturday, September 30th will be paid a dividend of $0.53 per share. This represents a $2.12 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.35%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 28th. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 76.81%.

In other news, Director Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 85,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $149.78, for a total value of $12,731,300.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director Brendan R. Oneill sold 5,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $150.92, for a total value of $754,600.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 17,302 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,611,217.84. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders have sold 4,845,295 shares of company stock valued at $728,949,063. Corporate insiders own 6.70% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 6.2% in the 1st quarter. Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. now owns 5,811 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $761,000 after acquiring an additional 340 shares during the last quarter. LS Investment Advisors LLC lifted its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 1.2% in the 2nd quarter. LS Investment Advisors LLC now owns 6,432 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $936,000 after acquiring an additional 79 shares during the last quarter. Tradition Capital Management LLC lifted its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 5.4% in the 2nd quarter. Tradition Capital Management LLC now owns 33,782 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $4,914,000 after acquiring an additional 1,726 shares during the last quarter. Swiss National Bank lifted its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 2.8% in the 2nd quarter. Swiss National Bank now owns 473,091 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $68,816,000 after acquiring an additional 12,800 shares during the last quarter. Finally, DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale bought a new stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in the 2nd quarter valued at about $23,343,000. 94.26% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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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.

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