Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ:WLTW) had its price objective lifted by research analysts at Stifel Nicolaus from $175.00 to $187.00 in a report issued on Monday, MarketBeat reports. The firm presently has a “buy” rating on the financial services provider’s stock. Stifel Nicolaus’ price objective would suggest a potential upside of 22.74% from the stock’s previous close.

Several other equities research analysts have also commented on WLTW. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Willis Towers Watson from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Saturday, February 3rd. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Willis Towers Watson from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. Wells Fargo & Co restated a “hold” rating and issued a $154.00 price objective on shares of Willis Towers Watson in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. Robert W. Baird restated a “buy” rating and issued a $167.00 price objective on shares of Willis Towers Watson in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. Finally, BidaskClub lowered shares of Willis Towers Watson from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 31st. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and eleven have given a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $165.08.

Shares of Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ WLTW) traded down $5.02 during trading hours on Monday, reaching $152.36. 898,937 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 599,437. Willis Towers Watson has a 12-month low of $120.87 and a 12-month high of $165.00. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.45, a current ratio of 1.97 and a quick ratio of 1.97. The firm has a market cap of $20,460.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 45.21, a P/E/G ratio of 1.59 and a beta of 0.91.

Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ:WLTW) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 8th. The financial services provider reported $2.21 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $2.11 by $0.10. Willis Towers Watson had a net margin of 4.43% and a return on equity of 10.93%. The firm had revenue of $2.08 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.99 billion. During the same period last year, the business earned $1.88 EPS. Willis Towers Watson’s revenue for the quarter was up 7.8% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts anticipate that Willis Towers Watson will post 8.41 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. State Street Corp increased its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson by 6.0% during the second quarter. State Street Corp now owns 6,263,346 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $911,068,000 after acquiring an additional 354,029 shares during the period. Longview Partners Guernsey LTD increased its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson by 8.3% during the fourth quarter. Longview Partners Guernsey LTD now owns 6,146,219 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $926,174,000 after acquiring an additional 468,525 shares during the period. First Eagle Investment Management LLC increased its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson by 1.6% during the third quarter. First Eagle Investment Management LLC now owns 4,027,867 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $621,218,000 after acquiring an additional 64,659 shares during the period. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC increased its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson by 3.9% during the third quarter. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC now owns 2,083,748 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $321,377,000 after acquiring an additional 77,936 shares during the period. Finally, Wells Fargo & Company MN increased its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson by 12.3% during the fourth quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 1,635,349 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $246,431,000 after acquiring an additional 179,146 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 94.25% of the company’s stock.

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Willis Towers Watson 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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