Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:WLTW) has received a consensus rating of “Buy” from the sixteen brokerages that are presently covering the stock, MarketBeat reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and twelve have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 1 year target price among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $152.25.

Several analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. Deutsche Bank AG reissued a “sell” rating and set a $121.00 price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research report on Monday, July 10th. Wells Fargo & Company reissued a “sell” rating on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research report on Thursday. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, May 8th. William Blair reissued an “outperform” rating on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research report on Thursday, May 4th. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC reissued a “buy” rating and set a $165.00 price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research report on Friday, June 16th.

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Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ WLTW) traded up 0.36% during midday trading on Friday, hitting $149.40. 672,305 shares of the stock traded hands. The company’s 50-day moving average is $147.19 and its 200 day moving average is $136.10. The firm has a market cap of $20.20 billion, a P/E ratio of 39.30 and a beta of 0.93. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited has a 12-month low of $112.76 and a 12-month high of $151.02.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ:WLTW) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The financial services provider reported $1.45 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.48 by $0.03. The business had revenue of $1.95 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.95 billion. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited had a return on equity of 10.76% and a net margin of 5.24%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up .2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $1.66 EPS. On average, analysts anticipate that Willis Towers Watson Public Limited will post $8.51 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, July 17th. Investors of record on Friday, June 30th were issued a $0.53 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, June 28th. This represents a $2.12 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.42%. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 69.97%.

In related news, insider Nicolas Aubert sold 3,178 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, May 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $144.71, for a total value of $459,888.38. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Director Paul D. Thomas sold 2,200 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $141.62, for a total transaction of $311,564.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders sold 1,450,378 shares of company stock worth $205,839,802. 6.70% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

A number of hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the stock. State of Wisconsin Investment Board raised its position in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 71.1% in the second quarter. State of Wisconsin Investment Board now owns 112,440 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $16,356,000 after buying an additional 46,712 shares in the last quarter. Dupont Capital Management Corp bought a new position in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited during the second quarter valued at approximately $106,000. Advisors Asset Management Inc. raised its position in shares of 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 buying an additional 396 shares in the last quarter. Rhumbline Advisers raised its position in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 75.1% in the second quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 203,071 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $29,539,000 after buying an additional 87,078 shares in the last quarter. Finally, DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale bought a new position in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited during the second quarter valued at approximately $23,343,000. 92.67% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

About Willis Towers Watson Public Limited

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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