Willis Towers Watson PLC (NASDAQ:WLTW) insider Adam Garrard sold 3,517 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, February 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $171.71, for a total value of $603,904.07. Following the sale, the insider now owns 5,542 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $951,616.82. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink.

Willis Towers Watson stock traded down $2.47 during trading hours on Thursday, hitting $168.50. The stock had a trading volume of 880,097 shares, compared to its average volume of 701,716. The company has a current ratio of 1.86, a quick ratio of 1.86 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.44. The company has a market capitalization of $21.81 billion, a PE ratio of 17.32, a P/E/G ratio of 1.25 and a beta of 0.74. Willis Towers Watson PLC has a one year low of $134.50 and a one year high of $172.21.

Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ:WLTW) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, February 7th. The financial services provider reported $4.00 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $4.06 by ($0.06). The firm had revenue of $2.37 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.38 billion. Willis Towers Watson had a net margin of 8.16% and a return on equity of 12.44%. Willis Towers Watson’s revenue for the quarter was up 10.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $2.21 earnings per share. As a group, analysts predict that Willis Towers Watson PLC will post 10.83 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, January 15th. Shareholders of record on Monday, December 31st were given a $0.60 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Friday, December 28th. This represents a $2.40 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.42%. Willis Towers Watson’s dividend payout ratio is presently 24.67%.

A number of institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of WLTW. Vanguard Group Inc. raised its position in shares of Willis Towers Watson by 0.6% during the third quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 13,558,103 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $1,910,880,000 after acquiring an additional 81,602 shares during the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc raised its position in shares of Willis Towers Watson by 0.6% during the third quarter. Vanguard Group Inc now owns 13,558,103 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $1,910,880,000 after acquiring an additional 81,602 shares during the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. raised its position in shares of Willis Towers Watson by 6.1% during the fourth quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 8,575,226 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $1,302,233,000 after acquiring an additional 489,781 shares during the last quarter. Longview Partners Guernsey LTD raised its position in shares of Willis Towers Watson by 0.7% during the third quarter. Longview Partners Guernsey LTD now owns 6,175,603 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $870,389,000 after acquiring an additional 44,291 shares during the last quarter. Finally, First Eagle Investment Management LLC raised its position in shares of Willis Towers Watson by 0.3% during the third quarter. First Eagle Investment Management LLC now owns 4,031,199 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $568,157,000 after acquiring an additional 13,436 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 93.35% of the company’s stock.

Several analysts recently weighed in on the company. Credit Suisse Group restated an “outperform” rating and set a $178.00 price objective (up from $166.00) on shares of Willis Towers Watson in a research report on Thursday, December 20th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Willis Towers Watson from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $175.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Wednesday, November 21st. BidaskClub upgraded Willis Towers Watson from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 7th. Goldman Sachs Group upgraded Willis Towers Watson from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and upped their price objective for the stock from $163.00 to $179.00 in a research report on Tuesday, January 8th. Finally, William Blair restated a “market perform” rating on shares of Willis Towers Watson in a research report on Thursday, February 7th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating, nine have assigned a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $176.69.

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About Willis Towers Watson

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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