Robert W. Baird reiterated their buy rating on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:WLTW) in a research note issued to investors on Tuesday. They currently have a $167.00 target price on the financial services provider’s stock.

A number of other equities analysts have also weighed in on WLTW. UBS AG reiterated a buy rating and issued a $163.00 price target (up previously from $159.00) on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research report on Monday, June 5th. Citigroup Inc. decreased their price target on Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from $174.00 to $173.00 and set a buy rating for the company in a research report on Monday, August 7th. Deutsche Bank AG reiterated a sell rating and issued a $130.00 price target (up previously from $121.00) on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research report on Wednesday, August 9th. ValuEngine upgraded Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report on Friday, September 8th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reiterated 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 given a hold rating and fourteen have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of Buy and an average price target of $154.50.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ WLTW) opened at 153.14 on Tuesday. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited has a 52 week low of $112.76 and a 52 week high of $153.80. The firm has a market cap of $20.56 billion, a P/E ratio of 43.35 and a beta of 0.94. The company has a 50-day moving average of $152.52 and a 200 day moving average of $142.39.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ:WLTW) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The financial services provider reported $1.45 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.48 by ($0.03). Willis Towers Watson Public Limited had a net margin of 4.75% and a return on equity of 10.63%. The company had revenue of $1.95 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.95 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $1.66 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up .2% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts predict that Willis Towers Watson Public Limited will post $8.43 earnings per share for the current year.

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In other news, Director Brendan R. Oneill sold 5,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $150.92, for a total transaction of $754,600.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 17,302 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,611,217.84. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, Director Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 85,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $149.78, for a total value of $12,731,300.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders sold 4,044,652 shares of company stock valued at $604,286,611. Company insiders own 6.70% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Financial Architects Inc raised its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 2.5% during the 2nd quarter. Financial Architects Inc now owns 1,284 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $187,000 after purchasing an additional 31 shares in the last quarter. Wilbanks Smith & Thomas Asset Management LLC raised its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 0.8% during the 2nd quarter. Wilbanks Smith & Thomas Asset Management LLC now owns 6,852 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $997,000 after purchasing an additional 56 shares in the last quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can raised its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 11.8% during the 2nd quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can now owns 693 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $100,000 after purchasing an additional 73 shares in the last quarter. Commonwealth Bank of Australia raised its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 12.1% during the 2nd quarter. Commonwealth Bank of Australia now owns 694 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $100,000 after purchasing an additional 75 shares in the last quarter. Finally, LS Investment Advisors LLC raised its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 1.2% during the 2nd quarter. LS Investment Advisors LLC now owns 6,432 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $936,000 after purchasing an additional 79 shares in the last quarter. 94.38% of the stock is owned by 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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