Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:WLTW) – Equities researchers at William Blair raised their Q4 2017 earnings per share estimates for Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research note issued on Thursday. William Blair analyst A. Klauber now forecasts that the financial services provider will post earnings per share of $2.06 for the quarter, up from their previous estimate of $2.05. William Blair currently has a “Outperform” rating on the stock. William Blair also issued estimates for Willis Towers Watson Public Limited’s Q1 2018 earnings at $4.13 EPS, Q2 2018 earnings at $1.73 EPS, Q3 2018 earnings at $1.42 EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at $2.38 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $9.69 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $11.01 EPS.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ:WLTW) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The financial services provider reported $1.12 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.13 by ($0.01). The firm had revenue of $1.82 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.84 billion. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited had a return on equity of 10.93% and a net margin of 4.43%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $1.04 EPS.

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Several other research firms have also weighed in on WLTW. Wells Fargo & Company reiterated a “sell” rating and issued a $124.00 price objective on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research note on Thursday. BidaskClub lowered shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 31st. Robert W. Baird reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $167.00 price objective on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research note on Friday. Barclays PLC boosted their price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from $171.00 to $174.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research note on Monday, October 16th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a “buy” rating and set a $164.00 price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research note on Thursday, October 12th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and fifteen have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $155.80.

Shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ WLTW) opened at $159.59 on Monday. The company has a market cap of $21,111.11, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.56, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.90 and a beta of 0.91. The company has a current ratio of 1.97, a quick ratio of 2.25 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.45.

Hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can grew its position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 11.8% during 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 acquiring an additional 73 shares during the last quarter. Commonwealth Bank of Australia grew its position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 12.1% during the second quarter. Commonwealth Bank of Australia now owns 694 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $100,000 after acquiring an additional 75 shares during the last quarter. Advisor Group Inc. grew its position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 30.2% during the second quarter. Advisor Group Inc. now owns 699 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $101,000 after acquiring an additional 162 shares during the last quarter. Dupont Capital Management Corp bought a new position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited during the second quarter valued at approximately $106,000. Finally, Advisors Asset Management Inc. grew its position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 77.2% during the second quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. now owns 909 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $132,000 after acquiring an additional 396 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 93.79% of the company’s stock.

In other news, insider Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 820,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $149.59, for a total transaction of $122,663,800.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, Director Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 206,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, September 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $148.02, for a total value of $30,492,120.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders have sold 4,760,295 shares of company stock worth $716,217,763. Insiders own 6.70% of the company’s stock.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, October 16th. Shareholders of record on Saturday, September 30th were issued a dividend of $0.53 per share. This represents a $2.12 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.33%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, September 28th. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 81.85%.

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.

Earnings History and Estimates for Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ:WLTW)

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