News headlines about Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ:WLTW) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited earned a daily sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 44.7427575824547 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

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Shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ:WLTW) traded down 0.20% during midday trading on Monday, reaching $151.53. 1,058,679 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited has a one year low of $112.76 and a one year high of $153.25. The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $148.89 and its 200 day moving average price is $140.69. The firm has a market capitalization of $20.35 billion, a PE ratio of 42.89 and a beta of 0.94.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ:WLTW) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The financial services provider reported $1.45 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate 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 business had revenue of $1.95 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.95 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $1.66 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up .2% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts expect that Willis Towers Watson Public Limited will post $8.43 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of equities analysts have recently commented on WLTW shares. Stifel Nicolaus restated a “buy” rating and issued a $166.00 price objective on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research report on Friday, July 21st. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a “buy” rating and issued a $158.00 price objective on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research report on Friday, July 14th. Citigroup Inc. raised their price objective on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from $166.00 to $174.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 13th. Jefferies Group LLC restated a “buy” rating and issued a $165.00 price objective on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research report on Friday, June 16th. Finally, UBS AG restated a “buy” rating and issued a $163.00 price objective (up from $159.00) on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research report on Monday, June 5th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and thirteen have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $153.54.

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In other news, insider Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 491,652 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, September 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $148.59, for a total transaction of $73,054,570.68. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, CFO Roger F. Millay sold 20,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $149.58, for a total value of $2,991,600.00. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 14,059 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,102,945.22. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 3,851,652 shares of company stock valued at $574,890,781 over the last 90 days. 6.70% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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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