State of Wisconsin Investment Board lifted its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:WLTW) by 5.7% during the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 118,800 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 6,360 shares during the period. State of Wisconsin Investment Board owned 0.09% of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited worth $18,323,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Several other institutional investors and hedge funds also recently bought and sold shares of WLTW. Teachers Advisors LLC boosted its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 3.0% during the first quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 25,825 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $3,380,000 after acquiring an additional 745 shares during the last quarter. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans boosted its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 4.7% during the first quarter. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans now owns 4,697 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $615,000 after acquiring an additional 210 shares during the last quarter. Capstone Asset Management Co. boosted its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 37.0% during the second quarter. Capstone Asset Management Co. now owns 10,110 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $1,471,000 after acquiring an additional 2,730 shares during the last quarter. Bank of Montreal Can boosted its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 3.0% during the second quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 304,220 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $44,253,000 after acquiring an additional 8,818 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Mn Services Vermogensbeheer B.V. boosted its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 507.0% during the second quarter. Mn Services Vermogensbeheer B.V. now owns 21,033 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $3,059,000 after acquiring an additional 17,568 shares during the last quarter. 93.79% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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In related news, insider Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 316,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $150.68, for a total transaction of $47,614,880.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, Director Brendan R. Oneill sold 5,000 shares of the firm’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 sale, the director now owns 17,302 shares in the company, valued at $2,611,217.84. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 3,620,295 shares of company stock worth $545,754,963. Company insiders own 6.70% of the company’s stock.

A number of research firms recently commented on WLTW. Wells Fargo & Company reaffirmed a “sell” rating and set a $124.00 price objective on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research note on Thursday, November 2nd. BidaskClub raised Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, September 28th. ValuEngine raised Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday. 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. Finally, Citigroup Inc. decreased their price target on 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. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and sixteen have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $155.80.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (WLTW) opened at $161.57 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $21,333.54, a PE ratio of 19.80, a PEG ratio of 1.93 and a beta of 0.91. The company has a quick ratio of 2.25, a current ratio of 1.97 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.45. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company has a twelve month low of $119.70 and a twelve month high of $165.00.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ:WLTW) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 2nd. The financial services provider reported $1.12 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.13 by ($0.01). The firm had revenue of $1.82 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.84 billion. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited had a return on equity of 10.93% and a net margin of 4.43%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $1.04 earnings per share. equities research analysts anticipate that Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company will post 8.41 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, October 16th. Investors of record on Saturday, September 30th were issued a dividend of $0.53 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, September 28th. This represents a $2.12 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.31%. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited’s payout ratio is currently 81.85%.

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.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ:WLTW)

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