ValuEngine upgraded shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:WLTW) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report report published on Thursday morning.

WLTW has been the subject of a number of other research reports. Robert W. Baird reiterated a buy rating and set a $167.00 target price on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. Wells Fargo & Company reiterated a sell rating and set a $124.00 target price on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research report on Thursday, November 2nd. SunTrust Banks, Inc. reiterated a buy rating and set a $182.00 target price on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research report on Friday, October 6th. Barclays PLC increased their target price on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from $171.00 to $174.00 and gave the stock an overweight rating in a research report on Monday, October 16th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reiterated a buy rating and set a $164.00 target price on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and sixteen have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of Buy and an average target price of $155.80.

Shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (WLTW) traded up $0.07 during trading hours on Thursday, reaching $161.57. 445,700 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 806,830. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.45, a current ratio of 1.97 and a quick ratio of 1.97. The company has a market capitalization of $21,690.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.80, a PEG ratio of 1.93 and a beta of 0.92. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited has a 12-month low of $119.70 and a 12-month high of $165.00.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ:WLTW) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The financial services provider reported $1.12 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.13 by ($0.01). The business had revenue of $1.82 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.84 billion. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited had a return on equity of 10.93% and a net margin of 4.43%. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $1.04 EPS. sell-side analysts expect that Willis Towers Watson Public Limited will post 8.41 EPS for the current year.

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The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, October 16th. Investors of record on Saturday, September 30th were paid a $0.53 dividend. This represents a $2.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.31%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, September 28th. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited’s dividend payout ratio is currently 62.91%.

In related news, insider Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 316,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, August 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $150.68, for a total value of $47,614,880.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, Director Brendan R. Oneill sold 5,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, August 16th. The shares were 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 $2,611,217.84. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 3,940,295 shares of company stock worth $597,322,963 over the last ninety days. 6.70% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can raised its stake in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 11.8% in 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 purchasing an additional 73 shares in the last quarter. Commonwealth Bank of Australia raised its stake in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 12.1% in the second quarter. Commonwealth Bank of Australia now owns 694 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $100,000 after purchasing an additional 75 shares in the last quarter. Advisor Group Inc. raised its stake in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 30.2% in the second quarter. Advisor Group Inc. now owns 699 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $101,000 after purchasing an additional 162 shares in the last quarter. Dupont Capital Management Corp purchased a new stake in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in the second quarter valued at approximately $106,000. Finally, Advisors Asset Management Inc. raised its stake in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 77.2% in the second quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. now owns 909 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $132,000 after purchasing an additional 396 shares in the last quarter. 95.66% 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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