Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact Willis Towers Watson (WLTW) Share Price

Media stories about Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ:WLTW) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Willis Towers Watson earned a news impact score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.1881685168295 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

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Willis Towers Watson stock traded down $0.15 during midday trading on Monday, reaching $146.00. 528,018 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 582,035. Willis Towers Watson has a 12-month low of $125.66 and a 12-month high of $165.00. The stock has a market capitalization of $19,323.40, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.16, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.20 and a beta of 0.88. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.43, a current ratio of 1.82 and a quick ratio of 1.82.

Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ:WLTW) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, February 8th. The financial services provider reported $2.21 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.11 by $0.10. The company had revenue of $2.08 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.99 billion. Willis Towers Watson had a return on equity of 11.25% and a net margin of 6.93%. Willis Towers Watson’s revenue for the quarter was up 7.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the business posted $1.88 EPS. equities research analysts anticipate that Willis Towers Watson will post 9.75 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, April 16th. Shareholders of record on Saturday, March 31st will be given a $0.60 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, March 28th. This represents a $2.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.64%. This is a positive change from Willis Towers Watson’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.53. Willis Towers Watson’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 28.20%.

Willis Towers Watson announced that its board has initiated a share repurchase plan on Monday, February 26th that authorizes the company to repurchase $400.00 million in outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization authorizes the financial services provider to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase plans are generally a sign that the company’s board of directors believes its shares are undervalued.

A number of equities analysts have recently weighed in on WLTW shares. BidaskClub upgraded Willis Towers Watson from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, February 5th. Stifel Nicolaus increased their price target on Willis Towers Watson from $175.00 to $187.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, February 5th. ValuEngine upgraded Willis Towers Watson from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, February 2nd. Barclays reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $172.00 price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson in a report on Tuesday, January 9th. Finally, MKM Partners increased their price target on Willis Towers Watson to $190.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, March 19th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and eleven have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Willis Towers Watson currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $170.50.

In other Willis Towers Watson news, insider Joseph Gunn sold 9,438 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, February 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $159.95, for a total value of $1,509,608.10. Following the sale, the insider now owns 22,041 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,525,457.95. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. 6.70% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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About Willis Towers Watson

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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