Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:WLTW)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reissued by analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods in a report released on Thursday. They currently have a $164.00 target price on the financial services provider’s stock. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods’ target price would suggest a potential upside of 5.16% from the stock’s previous close.

A number of other equities analysts also recently commented on WLTW. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, September 28th. Deutsche Bank AG restated a “sell” rating and issued a $130.00 target price (up from $121.00) on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research note on Wednesday, August 9th. Citigroup Inc. dropped their target price on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from $174.00 to $173.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research note on Monday, August 7th. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, October 2nd. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus restated a “buy” rating and issued a $175.00 target price on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research note on Friday, August 4th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating, fourteen have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $157.86.

Shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (WLTW) opened at 155.96 on Thursday. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited has a one year low of $112.76 and a one year high of $156.33. The stock has a market capitalization of $20.94 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 44.14 and a beta of 0.95. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $153.87 and a 200 day moving average of $153.87.

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

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In related news, insider Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 304,350 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, September 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $154.88, for a total transaction of $47,137,728.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, insider Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 8,118 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, October 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $156.05, for a total transaction of $1,266,813.90. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 4,398,468 shares of company stock valued at $658,991,761 in the last three months. 6.70% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 2.2% during the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 12,636,927 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $1,838,168,000 after acquiring an additional 276,273 shares during the last quarter. Harris Associates L P lifted its position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 13.0% during the second quarter. Harris Associates L P now owns 8,937,984 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $1,300,119,000 after acquiring an additional 1,027,587 shares during the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. lifted its position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 42.9% during the second quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 7,689,587 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $1,118,528,000 after acquiring an additional 2,310,281 shares during the last quarter. State Street Corp lifted its position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 6.0% during the second quarter. State Street Corp now owns 6,263,346 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $911,068,000 after acquiring an additional 354,029 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Longview Partners Guernsey LTD lifted its position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 5.1% during the second quarter. Longview Partners Guernsey LTD now owns 5,322,466 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $774,206,000 after acquiring an additional 256,179 shares during the last quarter. 94.26% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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.

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