Botty Investors LLC reduced its stake in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:WLTW) by 5.6% during the second quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor owned 25,033 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 1,492 shares during the period. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited comprises 1.2% of Botty Investors LLC’s holdings, making the stock its 20th largest position. Botty Investors LLC’s holdings in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited were worth $3,652,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Several other institutional investors have also bought and sold shares of the company. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can increased its position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 11.8% in the second quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can now owns 693 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $100,000 after buying an additional 73 shares in the last quarter. Dupont Capital Management Corp acquired a new position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited during the second quarter valued at $106,000. Advisors Asset Management Inc. increased its position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 77.2% in the second quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. now owns 909 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $132,000 after buying an additional 396 shares in the last quarter. Financial Architects Inc increased its position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 170.6% in the first quarter. Financial Architects Inc now owns 1,253 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $164,000 after buying an additional 790 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Vivaldi Capital Management LLC acquired a new position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited during the first quarter valued at $228,000. 92.48% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ WLTW) opened at 151.31 on Tuesday. The stock has a market capitalization of $20.32 billion, a P/E ratio of 42.83 and a beta of 0.93. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $147.51 and its 200-day moving average is $137.53. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company has a 52 week low of $112.76 and a 52 week high of $151.60.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ:WLTW) last released its earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The financial services provider reported $1.45 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.48 by $0.03. The firm had revenue of $1.95 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.95 billion. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited had a net margin of 4.75% and a return on equity of 10.63%. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited’s revenue for the quarter was up .2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $1.66 earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts predict that Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company will post $8.43 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, July 17th. Shareholders of record on Friday, June 30th were issued a $0.53 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, June 28th. This represents a $2.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.40%. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 76.81%.

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WLTW has been the topic of several research reports. Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $166.00 price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research note on Friday, July 21st. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $158.00 price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research note on Friday, July 14th. Citigroup Inc. raised their price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from $166.00 to $174.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, July 13th. Jefferies Group LLC reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $165.00 price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research note on Friday, June 16th. Finally, UBS AG reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $163.00 price target (up from $159.00) on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research note on Monday, June 5th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and twelve have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $152.69.

In other Willis Towers Watson Public Limited news, insider Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 180,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, August 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $149.09, for a total value of $26,836,200.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, Director Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 85,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $149.78, for a total transaction of $12,731,300.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders sold 2,673,178 shares of company stock worth $388,722,338. 6.70% of the stock is owned by insiders.

About Willis Towers Watson Public Limited

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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