Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (WLTW) Stock Price
Press coverage about Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ:WLTW) has been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited earned a media sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.846410422369 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.
Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:
- Willis Towers Watson renames business segment and introduces new consumer-facing brand (finance.yahoo.com)
- Values of global insurance M&A deals soar in 2017 (finance.yahoo.com)
- 55% of employees unsatisfied with workplace benefits (sg.finance.yahoo.com)
- What You Must Know About Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company’s (WLTW) 4.63% ROE (finance.yahoo.com)
- Zacks: Brokerages Expect Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (WLTW) Will Post Quarterly Sales of $1.99 Billion (americanbankingnews.com)
Several brokerages have weighed in on WLTW. BidaskClub raised Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Thursday, September 28th. Deutsche Bank AG reissued a “sell” rating and set a $130.00 price objective (up from $121.00) on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a report on Wednesday, August 9th. Citigroup Inc. dropped their price objective on Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from $174.00 to $173.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a report on Monday, August 7th. Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “buy” rating and set a $175.00 price objective on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a report on Friday, August 4th. Finally, ValuEngine raised Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, November 9th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and sixteen have assigned a buy rating to the company. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $155.80.
Shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ WLTW) traded up $0.14 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $160.07. The stock had a trading volume of 1,322,415 shares, compared to its average volume of 711,941. The company has a current ratio of 1.97, a quick ratio of 1.97 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.45. The company has a market cap of $21,135.48, a PE ratio of 19.62, a PEG ratio of 1.91 and a beta of 0.91. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited has a one year low of $119.70 and a one year high of $165.00.
Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ:WLTW) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 2nd. The financial services provider reported $1.12 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.13 by ($0.01). Willis Towers Watson Public Limited had a net margin of 4.43% and a return on equity of 10.93%. The business had revenue of $1.82 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.84 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $1.04 earnings per share. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.0% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts anticipate that Willis Towers Watson Public Limited will post 8.41 EPS for the current year.
In other Willis Towers Watson Public Limited news, CFO Michael J. Burwell acquired 3,100 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 6th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $160.10 per share, for a total transaction of $496,310.00. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 3,100 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $496,310. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, insider Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 650,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 24th. The shares were sold at an average price of $149.34, for a total value of $97,071,000.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 3,514,295 shares of company stock valued at $533,070,133 over the last quarter. 6.70% of the stock is owned by insiders.
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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