Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ:WLTW)‘s stock had its “hold” rating reiterated by research analysts at Wells Fargo & Co in a report issued on Thursday, February 8th. They presently have a $154.00 price objective on the financial services provider’s stock. Wells Fargo & Co’s price target points to a potential downside of 3.30% from the company’s previous close.

WLTW has been the subject of several other research reports. Robert W. Baird reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $167.00 price objective on shares of Willis Towers Watson in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. ValuEngine upgraded Willis Towers Watson from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 9th. Barclays reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $172.00 price objective on shares of Willis Towers Watson in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. Goldman Sachs Group started coverage on Willis Towers Watson in a research report on Monday, December 4th. They issued a “sell” rating and a $153.00 price objective for the company. Finally, William Blair cut Willis Towers Watson from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 16th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and ten have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $166.75.

Shares of Willis Towers Watson (WLTW) traded up $3.94 during midday trading on Thursday, hitting $159.25. The company had a trading volume of 672,200 shares, compared to its average volume of 639,055. The company has a current ratio of 1.82, a quick ratio of 1.97 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.43. Willis Towers Watson has a 52-week low of $125.39 and a 52-week high of $165.00. The firm has a market capitalization of $21,040.00, a P/E ratio of 38.19, a PEG ratio of 1.54 and a beta of 0.91.

Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ:WLTW) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 8th. The financial services provider reported $2.21 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $2.11 by $0.10. The firm had revenue of $2.08 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.99 billion. Willis Towers Watson had a return on equity of 11.25% and a net margin of 6.93%. Willis Towers Watson’s revenue was up 7.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $1.88 earnings per share. research analysts expect that Willis Towers Watson will post 9.9 EPS for the current year.

A number of institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Vident Investment Advisory LLC increased its position in Willis Towers Watson by 22.2% during the 4th quarter. Vident Investment Advisory LLC now owns 2,889 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $436,000 after purchasing an additional 524 shares in the last quarter. Financial Advocates Investment Management acquired a new stake in Willis Towers Watson in the 4th quarter worth about $545,000. Jane Street Group LLC boosted its stake in Willis Towers Watson by 69.7% in the 4th quarter. Jane Street Group LLC now owns 15,421 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $2,324,000 after buying an additional 6,336 shares during the last quarter. Verition Fund Management LLC boosted its stake in Willis Towers Watson by 105.3% in the 4th quarter. Verition Fund Management LLC now owns 5,054 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $762,000 after buying an additional 2,592 shares during the last quarter. Finally, LPL Financial LLC boosted its stake in Willis Towers Watson by 18.5% in the 4th quarter. LPL Financial LLC now owns 2,464 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $371,000 after buying an additional 385 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 94.51% of the company’s stock.

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About Willis Towers Watson

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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