Prudential Financial Inc. grew its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:WLTW) by 1.6% in the 3rd quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 175,122 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after buying an additional 2,780 shares during the period. Prudential Financial Inc. owned 0.13% of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited worth $27,009,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

A number of other institutional investors also recently added to or reduced their stakes in WLTW. FIL Ltd increased its position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 490.5% during the second quarter. FIL Ltd now owns 3,884,662 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $565,063,000 after buying an additional 3,226,785 shares in the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. increased 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 worth $1,118,528,000 after buying an additional 2,310,281 shares in the last quarter. Capital Research Global Investors increased its position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 136.4% during the second quarter. Capital Research Global Investors now owns 2,398,314 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $348,859,000 after buying an additional 1,383,798 shares in the last quarter. Epoch Investment Partners Inc. purchased a new position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited during the second quarter worth $167,911,000. Finally, Harris Associates L P increased 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 worth $1,300,119,000 after buying an additional 1,027,587 shares in the last quarter. 95.66% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Several equities research analysts have recently issued reports on WLTW shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, July 27th. Robert W. Baird restated a “buy” rating and set a $167.00 price objective on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a report on Tuesday, September 12th. ValuEngine upgraded Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, September 8th. Wells Fargo & Company upgraded Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a report on Friday, November 3rd. Finally, Barclays PLC raised their price objective on Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from $171.00 to $174.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a report on Monday, October 16th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and sixteen have assigned a buy rating to the company. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $155.80.

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In other news, Director Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 206,000 shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, September 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $148.02, for a total transaction of $30,492,120.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, insider Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 650,000 shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited stock in a transaction dated Thursday, August 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $149.34, for a total value of $97,071,000.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 3,514,295 shares of company stock worth $533,070,133 over the last three months. 6.70% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ WLTW) opened at $162.65 on Thursday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.45, a current ratio of 1.97 and a quick ratio of 1.97. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company has a 52-week low of $119.70 and a 52-week high of $165.00. The company has a market capitalization of $21,394.25, a PE ratio of 19.86, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.93 and a beta of 0.91.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ:WLTW) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 2nd. The financial services provider reported $1.12 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.13 by ($0.01). Willis Towers Watson Public Limited had a net margin of 4.43% and a return on equity of 10.93%. The company had revenue of $1.82 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.84 billion. During the same period last year, the business earned $1.04 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.0% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts anticipate that Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company will post 8.41 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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

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