Goldman Sachs Group started coverage on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public (NASDAQ:WLTW) in a research report report published on Monday morning, MarketBeat reports. The brokerage issued a sell rating and a $153.00 price objective on the financial services provider’s stock.

Several other analysts have also commented on the stock. Citigroup reduced their price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public from $174.00 to $173.00 and set a buy rating on the stock in a research report on Monday, August 7th. ValuEngine raised shares of Willis Towers Watson Public from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report on Friday, September 8th. Jefferies Group reiterated a buy rating and issued a $176.00 target price on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public in a report on Tuesday, September 5th. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Willis Towers Watson Public from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a report on Tuesday, October 31st. Finally, William Blair reiterated an outperform rating on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public in a report on Monday, August 21st. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and fourteen have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of Buy and an average target price of $157.27.

Willis Towers Watson Public (NASDAQ WLTW) traded down $0.22 on Monday, reaching $157.10. 418,600 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 810,426. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.45, a current ratio of 1.97 and a quick ratio of 1.97. Willis Towers Watson Public has a twelve month low of $120.87 and a twelve month high of $165.00. The stock has a market cap of $20,772.35, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.28, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.88 and a beta of 0.90.

Willis Towers Watson Public (NASDAQ:WLTW) last released its earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The financial services provider reported $1.12 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.13 by ($0.01). Willis Towers Watson Public had a return on equity of 10.93% and a net margin of 4.43%. The business had revenue of $1.82 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.84 billion. During the same period last year, the business earned $1.04 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.0% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts forecast that Willis Towers Watson Public will post 8.4 EPS for the current year.

In related news, Director Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 320,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $161.15, for a total transaction of $51,568,000.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, insider Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 491,652 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, September 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $148.59, for a total transaction of $73,054,570.68. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders sold 1,805,295 shares of company stock valued at $278,680,853. Insiders own 6.70% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its position in Willis Towers Watson Public by 2.2% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 12,636,927 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $1,838,168,000 after acquiring an additional 276,273 shares during the last quarter. Harris Associates L P lifted its position in Willis Towers Watson Public by 13.0% in the second quarter. Harris Associates L P now owns 8,937,984 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $1,300,119,000 after acquiring an additional 1,027,587 shares during the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. lifted its position in Willis Towers Watson Public by 42.9% in the second quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 7,689,587 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $1,118,528,000 after acquiring an additional 2,310,281 shares during the last quarter. State Street Corp lifted its position in Willis Towers Watson Public by 6.0% in the second quarter. State Street Corp now owns 6,263,346 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $911,068,000 after acquiring an additional 354,029 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Longview Partners Guernsey LTD raised its holdings in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public by 6.7% in the third quarter. Longview Partners Guernsey LTD now owns 5,677,694 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $875,671,000 after buying an additional 355,228 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 94.35% of the company’s stock.

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About Willis Towers Watson Public

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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