Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:WLTW) – Equities research analysts at William Blair lifted their FY2018 EPS estimates for shares of Willis Towers Watson Public in a report issued on Thursday. William Blair analyst A. Klauber now expects that the financial services provider will post earnings per share of $9.70 for the year, up from their prior forecast of $9.69. William Blair currently has a “Outperform” rating on the stock. William Blair also issued estimates for Willis Towers Watson Public’s Q4 2018 earnings at $2.39 EPS, Q1 2019 earnings at $4.57 EPS, Q2 2019 earnings at $1.98 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $1.66 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $11.04 EPS.

Willis Towers Watson Public (NASDAQ:WLTW) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The financial services provider reported $1.12 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.13 by ($0.01). Willis Towers Watson Public had a net margin of 4.43% and a return on equity of 10.93%. The firm had revenue of $1.82 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.84 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $1.04 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 4.0% compared to the same quarter last year.

Several other research analysts have also weighed in on WLTW. Citigroup dropped their price objective on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public from $174.00 to $173.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research note on Monday, August 7th. BidaskClub lowered shares of Willis Towers Watson Public from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 31st. Robert W. Baird reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $167.00 price objective on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public in a research note on Tuesday, September 12th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Willis Towers Watson Public from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, September 8th. Finally, Jefferies Group reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $176.00 price objective on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public in a research note on Tuesday, September 5th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and fourteen have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $157.27.

Willis Towers Watson Public (NASDAQ:WLTW) traded down $1.16 during mid-day trading on Monday, hitting $157.32. 633,548 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 812,100. Willis Towers Watson Public has a twelve month low of $120.87 and a twelve month high of $165.00. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.45, a current ratio of 1.97 and a quick ratio of 1.97. The firm has a market capitalization of $21,383.68, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.85, a P/E/G ratio of 1.93 and a beta of 0.90.

In other news, Director Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 206,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, September 6th. The shares were 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 is accessible through the SEC website. Also, insider Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 491,652 shares of the stock in a transaction 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 disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 2,231,295 shares of company stock worth $341,748,373. 6.70% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Commonwealth Bank of Australia boosted its holdings in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public 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 buying an additional 75 shares during the period. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can boosted its holdings in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public 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 buying an additional 73 shares during the period. Advisor Group Inc. boosted its holdings in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public by 30.2% during the 2nd quarter. Advisor Group Inc. now owns 699 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $101,000 after buying an additional 162 shares during the period. Dupont Capital Management Corp bought a new stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public during the 2nd quarter worth $106,000. Finally, Advisors Asset Management Inc. boosted its holdings in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public by 77.2% during the 2nd quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. now owns 909 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $132,000 after buying an additional 396 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 94.35% of the company’s stock.

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Willis Towers Watson Public 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.

Earnings History and Estimates for Willis Towers Watson Public (NASDAQ:WLTW)

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