Press coverage about Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ:WLTW) has trended somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to Accern. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Willis Towers Watson earned a media sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.3672246945402 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

A number of analysts have recently issued reports on the company. BidaskClub raised Willis Towers Watson from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, September 28th. Wells Fargo & Co reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $154.00 price objective on shares of Willis Towers Watson in a research report on Wednesday. ValuEngine cut Willis Towers Watson from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, October 2nd. Barclays reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $172.00 price objective on shares of Willis Towers Watson in a research report on Tuesday. Finally, Robert W. Baird reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $167.00 price objective on shares of Willis Towers Watson in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and eleven have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $160.29.

Shares of Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ:WLTW) traded up $1.79 during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $153.62. The stock had a trading volume of 1,131,156 shares, compared to its average volume of 765,757. The company has a market capitalization of $20,630.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 45.58, a P/E/G ratio of 1.52 and a beta of 0.91. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.45, a quick ratio of 1.97 and a current ratio of 1.97. Willis Towers Watson has a one year low of $120.87 and a one year high of $165.00.

Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ:WLTW) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The financial services provider reported $1.12 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.13 by ($0.01). The firm had revenue of $1.82 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.84 billion. Willis Towers Watson had a return on equity of 10.93% and a net margin of 4.43%. Willis Towers Watson’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $1.04 EPS. research analysts predict that Willis Towers Watson will post 8.41 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, January 16th. Shareholders of record on Sunday, December 31st will be paid a dividend of $0.53 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 28th. This represents a $2.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.38%. Willis Towers Watson’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 62.91%.

In other Willis Towers Watson news, Director Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 320,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $161.15, for a total transaction of $51,568,000.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, insider Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 287,532 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, October 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $156.74, for a total value of $45,067,765.68. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 711,110 shares of company stock worth $112,831,222. Corporate insiders own 6.70% of the company’s stock.

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Willis Towers Watson 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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