Willis Towers Watson PLC (NASDAQ:WLTW)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reiterated by analysts at Jefferies Group in a research note issued on Tuesday. They currently have a $147.00 price objective on the stock, down from their prior price objective of $150.00. Jefferies Group’s target price would suggest a potential upside of 24.58% from the stock’s current price.

WLTW has been the subject of several other research reports. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods set a $142.00 price objective on Willis Towers Watson PLC and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Saturday, October 1st. Citigroup Inc. set a $151.00 price target on Willis Towers Watson PLC and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday, October 1st. Wells Fargo & Co. reaffirmed a “sell” rating on shares of Willis Towers Watson PLC in a report on Friday, September 30th. Credit Suisse Group AG reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $124.00 price objective on shares of Willis Towers Watson PLC in a research report on Friday, September 30th. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG lowered Willis Towers Watson PLC from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $122.00 price objective on the stock. in a research report on Wednesday, October 19th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating, eleven have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Willis Towers Watson PLC currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $127.64.

Analyst Recommendations for Willis Towers Watson PLC (NASDAQ:WLTW)

Shares of Willis Towers Watson PLC (NASDAQ:WLTW) opened at 118.00 on Tuesday. Willis Towers Watson PLC has a 52 week low of $104.11 and a 52 week high of $133.40. The firm has a market cap of $16.29 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 30.30 and a beta of 0.80. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $127.09 and its 200-day moving average price is $125.11.

Willis Towers Watson PLC (NASDAQ:WLTW) last released its quarterly earnings results on Friday, November 4th. The company reported $1.04 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.06 by $0.02. The company had revenue of $1.78 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.83 billion. Willis Towers Watson PLC had a return on equity of 10.23% and a net margin of 3.66%. The business’s revenue was up 1.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.56 EPS. Equities research analysts expect that Willis Towers Watson PLC will post $7.70 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, January 17th. Stockholders of record on Saturday, December 31st will be given a $0.48 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, December 28th. This represents a $1.92 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.63%. Willis Towers Watson PLC’s payout ratio is 114.29%.

In other news, insider Nicolas Aubert sold 3,149 shares of Willis Towers Watson PLC stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, September 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $126.65, for a total value of $398,820.85. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. 6.40% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC purchased a new position in shares of Willis Towers Watson PLC during the first quarter valued at approximately $2,973,000. Teachers Advisors Inc. purchased a new position in shares of Willis Towers Watson PLC during the first quarter valued at approximately $3,165,000. Riverhead Capital Management LLC purchased a new position in shares of Willis Towers Watson PLC during the first quarter valued at approximately $2,115,000. Wellington Management Group LLP purchased a new position in shares of Willis Towers Watson PLC during the first quarter valued at approximately $189,859,000. Finally, Mariner Wealth Advisors LLC purchased a new position in shares of Willis Towers Watson PLC during the first quarter valued at approximately $306,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 91.08% of the company’s stock.

Willis Towers Watson PLC 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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