Media coverage about Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ:WLTW) has been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. 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 earned a media sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.463447521985 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Willis Towers Watson stock opened at $148.89 on Friday. Willis Towers Watson has a 1 year low of $142.67 and a 1 year high of $165.00. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.44, a current ratio of 2.29 and a quick ratio of 2.29. The company has a market capitalization of $19.58 billion, a PE ratio of 17.50, a PEG ratio of 1.30 and a beta of 0.93.

Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ:WLTW) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 2nd. The financial services provider reported $1.70 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.70. The company had revenue of $1.99 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.99 billion. Willis Towers Watson had a return on equity of 9.96% and a net margin of 5.65%. The firm’s revenue was up 3.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $1.45 earnings per share. sell-side analysts predict that Willis Towers Watson will post 9.55 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Several research firms have recently issued reports on WLTW. BidaskClub raised Willis Towers Watson from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 9th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $175.00 price objective on shares of Willis Towers Watson in a research note on Monday, August 6th. Credit Suisse Group began coverage on Willis Towers Watson in a research note on Tuesday, August 7th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $166.00 price objective for the company. ValuEngine downgraded Willis Towers Watson from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, August 3rd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded Willis Towers Watson from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 8th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $173.00.

About Willis Towers Watson

Willis Towers Watson Plc engages in the provision of advisory, broking, and solutions services. It operates through the following segments: Human Capital and Benefits; Corporate Risk and Broking; Investment, Risk and Reinsurance; and Benefits Delivery and Administration. The Human Capital and Benefits segment provides advice, broking, solutions, and software for employee benefit plans, the human resources organization, and the management teams.

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