Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:WLTW) insider Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 180,000 shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, August 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $149.09, for a total transaction of $26,836,200.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ WLTW) traded up 1.46% during mid-day trading on Monday, reaching $151.31. 530,780 shares of the company traded hands. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company has a 12-month low of $112.76 and a 12-month high of $151.60. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $147.51 and its 200 day moving average price is $137.53. The firm has a market capitalization of $20.32 billion, a P/E ratio of 42.83 and a beta of 0.93.

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 for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.48 by $0.03. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited had a return on equity of 10.63% and a net margin of 4.75%. The business had revenue of $1.95 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.95 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $1.66 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up .2% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts predict that Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company will post $8.43 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, July 17th. Shareholders of record on Friday, June 30th were paid a $0.53 dividend. The ex-dividend date 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 payout ratio is 76.81%.

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Hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. BlackRock Inc. raised its stake in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 2,106.3% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 5,379,306 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $704,098,000 after buying an additional 5,135,491 shares during the last quarter. FIL Ltd raised its stake in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 490.5% in the second quarter. FIL Ltd now owns 3,884,662 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $565,063,000 after buying an additional 3,226,785 shares during the last quarter. Harris Associates L P raised its stake in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 27.4% in the first quarter. Harris Associates L P now owns 7,910,397 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $1,035,392,000 after buying an additional 1,701,826 shares during the last quarter. Capital Research Global Investors raised its stake in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 136.4% in the second quarter. Capital Research Global Investors now owns 2,398,314 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $348,859,000 after buying an additional 1,383,798 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Epoch Investment Partners Inc. acquired a new stake in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited during the second quarter worth $167,911,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 92.48% of the company’s stock.

WLTW has been the topic of several research reports. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, July 13th. UBS AG reissued a “buy” rating and set 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. Morgan Stanley reissued an “overweight” rating and set a $160.00 price target (up from $150.00) on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research note on Friday, July 7th. Citigroup Inc. lifted 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. Finally, Wells Fargo & Company reissued a “sell” rating on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research note on Thursday, May 4th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and twelve have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $152.69.

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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