Weekly Investment Analysts’ Ratings Changes for Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (WLTW)

A number of research firms have changed their ratings and price targets for Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ: WLTW):

  • 10/16/2017 – Willis Towers Watson Public Limited had its price target raised by analysts at Barclays PLC from $171.00 to $174.00. They now have an “overweight” rating on the stock.
  • 10/12/2017 – Willis Towers Watson Public Limited had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. They now have a $164.00 price target on the stock.
  • 10/6/2017 – Willis Towers Watson Public Limited had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at SunTrust Banks, Inc.. They now have a $182.00 price target on the stock.
  • 10/2/2017 – Willis Towers Watson Public Limited was downgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating.
  • 9/28/2017 – Willis Towers Watson Public Limited was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating.
  • 9/21/2017 – Willis Towers Watson Public Limited was downgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating.
  • 9/12/2017 – Willis Towers Watson Public Limited had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Robert W. Baird. They now have a $167.00 price target on the stock.
  • 9/8/2017 – Willis Towers Watson Public Limited was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating.
  • 9/5/2017 – Willis Towers Watson Public Limited had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Jefferies Group LLC. They now have a $176.00 price target on the stock.
  • 8/21/2017 – Willis Towers Watson Public Limited had its “outperform” rating reaffirmed by analysts at William Blair.

Shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (WLTW) opened at 158.94 on Wednesday. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $152.59 and its 200 day moving average is $145.21. The stock has a market cap of $21.34 billion, a PE ratio of 44.99 and a beta of 0.95. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company has a 52-week low of $112.76 and a 52-week high of $159.60.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ:WLTW) last issued its 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 return on equity of 10.63% and a net margin of 4.75%. The company had revenue of $1.95 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.95 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $1.66 EPS. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited’s revenue was up .2% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts forecast that Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company will post $8.43 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, October 16th. Investors of record on Saturday, September 30th were given a dividend of $0.53 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, September 28th. This represents a $2.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.33%. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited’s dividend payout ratio is 76.81%.

In related news, insider Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 820,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $149.59, for a total transaction of $122,663,800.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, Director Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 206,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, September 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $148.02, for a total transaction of $30,492,120.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 4,845,295 shares of company stock valued at $728,949,063. 6.70% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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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