Bingham Osborn & Scarborough LLC raised its position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:WLTW) by 0.1% during the second quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 6,386 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after buying an additional 7 shares during the period. Bingham Osborn & Scarborough LLC’s holdings in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited were worth $929,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Several other institutional investors have also added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can raised its position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 11.8% in the second quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can now owns 693 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $100,000 after buying an additional 73 shares during the last quarter. Financial Architects Inc raised its position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 170.6% in the first quarter. Financial Architects Inc now owns 1,253 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $164,000 after buying an additional 790 shares during the last quarter. Vivaldi Capital Management LLC purchased a new position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited during the first quarter valued at about $228,000. Bellwether Investment Group LLC raised its position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 14.4% in the first quarter. Bellwether Investment Group LLC now owns 2,070 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $271,000 after buying an additional 261 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Cornerstone Investment Partners LLC raised its position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 10.3% in the second quarter. Cornerstone Investment Partners LLC now owns 2,205 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $321,000 after buying an additional 205 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 92.06% of the company’s stock.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (WLTW) opened at 149.14 on Friday. The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $147.34 and a 200 day moving average price of $137.20. The stock has a market capitalization of $20.03 billion, a P/E ratio of 42.21 and a beta of 0.93. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company has a 52 week low of $112.76 and a 52 week high of $151.02.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ:WLTW) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The financial services provider reported $1.45 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.48 by $0.03. The company 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 10.63% and a net margin of 4.75%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up .2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $1.66 earnings per share. Equities research analysts predict that Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company will post $8.43 earnings per share for the current year.

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

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A number of equities research analysts have issued reports on the company. Deutsche Bank AG reaffirmed a “sell” rating and issued a $121.00 price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research report on Monday, July 10th. Wells Fargo & Company reaffirmed a “sell” rating on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research report on Thursday, August 3rd. Zacks Investment Research raised Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, May 8th. William Blair reaffirmed an “outperform” rating on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research report on Thursday, May 4th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $175.00 price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research report on Friday, August 4th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and twelve have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $152.69.

In related news, CFO Roger F. Millay sold 20,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $149.58, for a total value of $2,991,600.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 14,059 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,102,945.22. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, insider Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 820,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, August 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $149.59, for a total value of $122,663,800.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 2,493,178 shares of company stock valued at $361,886,138 over the last three months. Corporate insiders own 6.70% of the company’s stock.

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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