Fox Run Management L.L.C. bought a new stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson PLC (NASDAQ:WLTW) in the 3rd quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor bought 2,112 shares of the financial services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $298,000.

Other hedge funds also recently modified their holdings of the company. Landaas & Co. WI ADV purchased a new stake in Willis Towers Watson during the 2nd quarter valued at about $167,000. Advisor Partners LLC purchased a new stake in Willis Towers Watson during the 2nd quarter valued at about $209,000. Exane Derivatives purchased a new stake in Willis Towers Watson during the 2nd quarter valued at about $214,000. Dupont Capital Management Corp boosted its holdings in Willis Towers Watson by 74.4% during the 2nd quarter. Dupont Capital Management Corp now owns 1,444 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $219,000 after acquiring an additional 616 shares during the period. Finally, HRT Financial LLC purchased a new stake in Willis Towers Watson during the 2nd quarter valued at about $230,000. Institutional investors own 93.19% of the company’s stock.

In other Willis Towers Watson news, insider Adam Garrard sold 1,830 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, August 31st. The stock was 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 available at the SEC website. Corporate insiders own 0.50% of the company’s stock.

Several equities research analysts recently weighed in on the company. Citigroup set a $165.00 target price on Willis Towers Watson and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday. Credit Suisse Group upgraded Willis Towers Watson from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $166.00 target price for the company in a report on Monday, October 8th. BidaskClub cut Willis Towers Watson from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, September 27th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Willis Towers Watson from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, September 5th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $175.00 price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson in a research report on Monday, August 6th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and ten have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $171.38.

WLTW opened at $137.30 on Friday. The company has a market cap of $18.43 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.01, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.24 and a beta of 0.87. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.44, a current ratio of 2.29 and a quick ratio of 2.29. Willis Towers Watson PLC has a one year low of $135.35 and a one year high of $165.00.

Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ:WLTW) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, August 2nd. The financial services provider reported $1.70 EPS for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.70. The business had revenue of $1.99 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.99 billion. Willis Towers Watson had a return on equity of 9.96% and a net margin of 5.65%. Willis Towers Watson’s quarterly revenue was up 3.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $1.45 EPS. Equities research analysts forecast that Willis Towers Watson PLC will post 9.57 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, October 15th. Shareholders of record on Sunday, September 30th will be given a dividend of $0.60 per share. This represents a $2.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.75%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 27th. Willis Towers Watson’s payout ratio is 28.20%.

Willis Towers Watson Company Profile

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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