Rampart Investment Management Company LLC decreased its position in Willis Towers Watson PLC (NASDAQ:WLTW) by 17.2% in the 2nd quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The institutional investor owned 11,183 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 2,325 shares during the period. Rampart Investment Management Company LLC’s holdings in Willis Towers Watson were worth $1,695,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Other institutional investors have also recently bought and sold shares of the company. Landaas & Co. WI ADV purchased a new stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson in the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $167,000. Advisor Partners LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson in the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $209,000. Exane Derivatives purchased a new stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson in the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $214,000. Impax Asset Management LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson in the 1st quarter valued at approximately $213,000. Finally, Dupont Capital Management Corp grew its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson by 74.4% in the 2nd quarter. Dupont Capital Management Corp now owns 1,444 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $219,000 after buying an additional 616 shares during the period. 93.19% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

NASDAQ:WLTW opened at $148.41 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.44, a current ratio of 2.29 and a quick ratio of 2.29. The company has a market cap of $19.56 billion, a P/E ratio of 19.32, a P/E/G ratio of 1.30 and a beta of 0.88. Willis Towers Watson PLC has a fifty-two week low of $142.67 and a fifty-two week high of $165.00.

Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ:WLTW) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 2nd. The financial services provider reported $1.70 earnings per share for the quarter, hitting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.70. The firm had revenue of $1.99 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.99 billion. Willis Towers Watson had a net margin of 5.65% and a return on equity of 9.96%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 3.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $1.45 EPS. equities analysts forecast that Willis Towers Watson PLC will post 9.55 EPS for the current year.

In related news, insider Adam Garrard sold 1,830 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, August 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $146.77, for a total transaction of $268,589.10. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 13,739 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,016,473.03. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Company insiders own 0.50% of the company’s stock.

WLTW has been the subject of several analyst reports. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $175.00 price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson in a research note on Monday, August 6th. BidaskClub raised shares of Willis Towers Watson from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 9th. Citigroup increased their price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson from $175.00 to $183.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, July 12th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Willis Towers Watson from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 22nd. Finally, Credit Suisse Group initiated coverage on shares of Willis Towers Watson in a research note on Tuesday, August 7th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $166.00 price target for the company. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Willis Towers Watson currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $172.77.

About Willis Towers Watson

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company operates as an advisory, broking, and solutions company worldwide. Its Human Capital and Benefits segment provides actuarial support, plan design, and administrative services for traditional pension and retirement savings plans; plan management consulting, broking, and administration services for health and group benefit programs; and benefits outsourcing services.

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