News headlines about Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ:WLTW) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern rates the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited earned a daily sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.810359330961 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

WLTW has been the topic of several research analyst reports. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $166.00 target price on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research report on Friday, July 21st. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed 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. lifted their price objective on Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from $166.00 to $174.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, July 13th. Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $165.00 price objective on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research note on Friday, June 16th. Finally, UBS AG reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $163.00 price objective (up from $159.00) on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research note on Monday, June 5th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating, thirteen have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $154.50.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (WLTW) traded up 0.82% during mid-day trading on Monday, hitting $155.49. 669,527 shares of the stock traded hands. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited has a 12-month low of $112.76 and a 12-month high of $156.14. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $153.28 and its 200-day moving average is $153.28. The company has a market cap of $20.93 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 43.92 and a beta of 0.95.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ:WLTW) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The financial services provider reported $1.45 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.48 by ($0.03). The firm had revenue of $1.95 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.95 billion. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited had a net margin of 4.75% and a return on equity of 10.63%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up .2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $1.66 EPS. Equities research analysts expect that Willis Towers Watson Public Limited will post $8.43 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, October 16th. Investors of record on Saturday, September 30th will be paid a dividend of $0.53 per share. This represents a $2.12 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.36%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 28th. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited’s payout ratio is 76.81%.

In other news, insider Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 304,350 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, September 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $154.88, for a total transaction of $47,137,728.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, insider Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 820,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $149.59, for a total transaction of $122,663,800.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 4,390,350 shares of company stock worth $657,724,947. 6.70% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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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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