Shares of Willis Towers Watson PLC (NASDAQ:WLTW) have received an average rating of “Buy” from the twenty analysts that are currently covering the company. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, five have issued a hold recommendation, eleven have given a buy recommendation and one has issued a strong buy recommendation on the company. The average 12 month target price among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $127.91.

A number of research analysts have weighed in on WLTW shares. Deutsche Bank AG reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Willis Towers Watson PLC in a research report on Wednesday, June 15th. Citigroup Inc. reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $148.00 price objective (up previously from $136.00) on shares of Willis Towers Watson PLC in a research report on Tuesday, June 21st. Janney Montgomery Scott lowered shares of Willis Towers Watson PLC from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Friday, June 24th. Langen Mcalenn lowered shares of Willis Towers Watson PLC from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Friday, June 24th. Finally, Jefferies Group cut their price objective on shares of Willis Towers Watson PLC from $147.00 to $140.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research report on Monday, August 8th.

In other news, Director Anna C. Catalano sold 390 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, August 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $122.00, for a total transaction of $47,580.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, insider Nicolas Aubert sold 3,149 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, September 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $126.65, for a total transaction of $398,820.85. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 6.40% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Vanguard Group Inc. raised its position in shares of Willis Towers Watson PLC by 2.9% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 11,609,419 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,443,168,000 after buying an additional 327,656 shares in the last quarter. ValueAct Holdings L.P. raised its position in shares of Willis Towers Watson PLC by 5.6% in the second quarter. ValueAct Holdings L.P. now owns 8,108,015 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,007,907,000 after buying an additional 428,000 shares in the last quarter. State Street Corp raised its position in shares of Willis Towers Watson PLC by 153.3% in the first quarter. State Street Corp now owns 5,083,063 shares of the company’s stock valued at $603,161,000 after buying an additional 3,076,597 shares in the last quarter. Longview Partners Guernsey LTD acquired a new position in shares of Willis Towers Watson PLC during the second quarter valued at $631,334,000. Finally, Artisan Partners Limited Partnership acquired a new position in shares of Willis Towers Watson PLC during the second quarter valued at $327,982,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 91.14% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Willis Towers Watson PLC (NASDAQ:WLTW) traded up 1.03% during trading on Wednesday, reaching $130.05. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 413,204 shares. The stock has a market capitalization of $17.95 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 33.39 and a beta of 0.74. Willis Towers Watson PLC has a 1-year low of $104.11 and a 1-year high of $133.40. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $126.83 and its 200 day moving average price is $124.15.

Willis Towers Watson PLC (NASDAQ:WLTW) last released its earnings results on Friday, August 5th. The company reported $1.66 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.65 by $0.01. The firm earned $1.98 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.98 billion. Willis Towers Watson PLC had a net margin of 6.71% and a return on equity of 11.66%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 114.2% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts anticipate that Willis Towers Watson PLC will post $7.77 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, October 17th. Stockholders of record on Friday, September 30th will be given a dividend of $0.48 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, September 28th. This represents a $1.92 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.49%. Willis Towers Watson PLC’s payout ratio is 53.25%.

About Willis Towers Watson PLC

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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