Creative Planning trimmed its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson PLC (NASDAQ:WLTW) by 0.5% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 22,515 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 109 shares during the quarter. Creative Planning’s holdings in Willis Towers Watson were worth $3,419,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Several other hedge funds also recently added to or reduced their stakes in WLTW. Advisors Asset Management Inc. raised its position in shares of Willis Towers Watson by 3,261.4% during the 2nd quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. now owns 28,404 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $120,000 after buying an additional 27,559 shares in the last quarter. Fox Run Management L.L.C. bought a new stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson during the 3rd quarter worth about $298,000. State of Alaska Department of Revenue raised its position in shares of Willis Towers Watson by 4.6% during the 3rd quarter. State of Alaska Department of Revenue now owns 33,003 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $4,649,000 after buying an additional 1,465 shares in the last quarter. Oliver Luxxe Assets LLC bought a new stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson during the 3rd quarter worth about $2,870,000. Finally, Bank of Montreal Can raised its position in shares of Willis Towers Watson by 19.6% during the 3rd quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 173,792 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $24,495,000 after buying an additional 28,535 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 91.71% of the company’s stock.

A number of research firms have commented on WLTW. Morgan Stanley boosted their price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson from $171.00 to $180.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 14th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Willis Towers Watson from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $176.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Saturday, December 1st. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Willis Towers Watson from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 7th. Raymond James lifted their price objective on shares of Willis Towers Watson from $175.00 to $180.00 and gave the stock a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 6th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co lifted their price objective on shares of Willis Towers Watson from $155.00 to $160.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research note on Monday, November 5th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating, nine have given a buy rating and two have issued a strong buy rating to the stock. Willis Towers Watson currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $175.62.

Shares of WLTW opened at $166.36 on Thursday. The company has a market capitalization of $21.64 billion, a PE ratio of 19.55, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.27 and a beta of 0.74. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.44, a quick ratio of 1.86 and a current ratio of 1.86. Willis Towers Watson PLC has a 12-month low of $134.50 and a 12-month high of $167.11.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, January 15th. Stockholders of record on Monday, December 31st were paid a $0.60 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, December 28th. This represents a $2.40 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.44%. Willis Towers Watson’s dividend payout ratio is currently 28.20%.

In other news, insider Julie Jarecke Gebauer sold 10,000 shares of Willis Towers Watson stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $160.15, for a total value of $1,601,500.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, insider Nicolas Aubert sold 16,762 shares of Willis Towers Watson stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $160.00, for a total transaction of $2,681,920.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 25,482 shares in the company, valued at $4,077,120. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 0.50% of the company’s stock.

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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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