BidaskClub upgraded shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:WLTW) from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a research note published on Thursday.

A number of other equities research analysts have also recently commented on the stock. Deutsche Bank AG restated a sell rating and issued a $121.00 price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a report on Monday, July 10th. Robert W. Baird restated a buy rating and issued a $167.00 price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a report on Tuesday, September 12th. Stifel Nicolaus restated a buy rating and issued a $166.00 price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a report on Friday, July 21st. Morgan Stanley restated an overweight rating and issued a $160.00 price target (up from $150.00) on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a report on Friday, July 7th. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report on Friday, September 8th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating, fourteen have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of Buy and an average price target of $154.50.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (WLTW) traded down 0.84% during midday trading on Thursday, reaching $154.23. 566,028 shares of the company traded hands. The stock has a market capitalization of $20.71 billion, a P/E ratio of 43.65 and a beta of 0.94. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited has a 12-month low of $112.76 and a 12-month high of $155.81. The company has a 50 day moving average of $152.36 and a 200-day moving average of $152.36.

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

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The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, October 16th. Investors of record on Saturday, September 30th will be given a dividend of $0.53 per share. This represents a $2.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.37%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 28th. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited’s payout ratio is currently 76.81%.

In other Willis Towers Watson Public Limited news, Director Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 206,000 shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited 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 sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, Director Brendan R. Oneill sold 5,000 shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $150.92, for a total transaction of $754,600.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 17,302 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,611,217.84. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders sold 4,390,350 shares of company stock worth $657,724,947. Insiders own 6.70% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Vanguard Group Inc. raised its position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 2.2% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 12,636,927 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $1,838,168,000 after acquiring an additional 276,273 shares during the period. Harris Associates L P raised its position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 13.0% in the second quarter. Harris Associates L P now owns 8,937,984 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $1,300,119,000 after acquiring an additional 1,027,587 shares during the period. BlackRock Inc. raised its position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 42.9% in the second quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 7,689,587 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $1,118,528,000 after acquiring an additional 2,310,281 shares during the period. State Street Corp raised its position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 6.0% in the second quarter. State Street Corp now owns 6,263,346 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $911,068,000 after acquiring an additional 354,029 shares during the period. Finally, Longview Partners Guernsey LTD raised its position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 5.1% in the second quarter. Longview Partners Guernsey LTD now owns 5,322,466 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $774,206,000 after acquiring an additional 256,179 shares during the period. 94.38% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company Profile

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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