Creative Planning lowered its position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:WLTW) by 0.8% during the second quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 30,247 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 236 shares during the period. Creative Planning’s holdings in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited were worth $4,400,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Several other institutional investors have also modified their holdings of WLTW. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its position in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 2.2% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 467,291 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $57,141,000 after buying an additional 9,888 shares during the last quarter. Federated Investors Inc. PA increased its position in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 131.8% in the fourth quarter. Federated Investors Inc. PA now owns 3,189 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $390,000 after buying an additional 1,813 shares during the last quarter. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans increased its position in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 5.4% in the fourth quarter. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans now owns 4,487 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $549,000 after buying an additional 230 shares during the last quarter. Quadrature Capital Ltd acquired a new position in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited during the fourth quarter worth about $714,000. Finally, Teachers Advisors LLC increased its position in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 6.1% in the fourth quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 25,080 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $3,067,000 after buying an additional 1,453 shares during the last quarter. 92.67% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:WLTW) opened at 149.64 on Monday. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $147.19 and its 200 day moving average is $136.10. The stock has a market capitalization of $20.23 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 39.36 and a beta of 0.93. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company has a 1-year low of $112.76 and a 1-year 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 analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.48 by $0.03. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited had a return on equity of 10.63% and a net margin of 4.75%. The firm had revenue of $1.95 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.95 billion. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $1.66 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was up .2% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts forecast that Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company will post $8.48 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, July 17th. Stockholders of record on Friday, June 30th were paid a dividend of $0.53 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, June 28th. This represents a $2.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.42%. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 76.81%.

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WLTW has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. Wells Fargo & Company reaffirmed a “sell” rating on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research report on Sunday, April 9th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 12th. William Blair reissued an “outperform” rating on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research report on Thursday, May 4th. Jefferies Group LLC upped their target price on Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from $141.00 to $165.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 10th. Finally, UBS AG reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $163.00 target price (up from $159.00) on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research report on Monday, June 5th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and twelve have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $152.08.

In other news, insider Nicolas Aubert sold 3,178 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $144.71, for a total transaction of $459,888.38. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, Director Paul D. Thomas sold 2,200 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, May 10th. The stock was 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. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 1,450,378 shares of company stock worth $205,839,802. Company insiders own 6.70% of the company’s stock.

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.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ:WLTW)

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