Shares of Willis Towers Watson PLC (NASDAQ:WLTW) have been assigned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the eighteen analysts that are currently covering the stock, MarketBeat reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, six have issued a hold recommendation and ten have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12 month target price among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $160.29.

Several brokerages have recently issued reports on WLTW. William Blair cut shares of Willis Towers Watson from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 16th. Wells Fargo & Co reissued a “hold” rating and set a $154.00 price objective on shares of Willis Towers Watson in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. Barclays reissued a “buy” rating and set a $172.00 price objective on shares of Willis Towers Watson in a research note on Tuesday, January 9th. BidaskClub raised shares of Willis Towers Watson from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, January 6th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group began coverage on shares of Willis Towers Watson in a research note on Monday, December 4th. They set a “sell” rating and a $153.00 price objective for the company.

Shares of Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ:WLTW) traded up $3.27 on Friday, reaching $157.87. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 733,580 shares, compared to its average volume of 670,319. Willis Towers Watson has a 52 week low of $120.87 and a 52 week high of $165.00. The firm has a market cap of $21,190.00, a P/E ratio of 46.85, a PEG ratio of 1.54 and a beta of 0.91. 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 (NASDAQ:WLTW) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 2nd. The financial services provider reported $1.12 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.13 by ($0.01). Willis Towers Watson had a net margin of 4.43% and a return on equity of 10.93%. The company had revenue of $1.82 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.84 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $1.04 earnings per share. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 4.0% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts anticipate that Willis Towers Watson will post 8.41 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, January 16th. Investors of record on Sunday, December 31st were given a dividend of $0.53 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, December 28th. This represents a $2.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.34%. Willis Towers Watson’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 62.91%.

In other news, CFO Michael J. Burwell acquired 3,100 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, November 6th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $160.10 per share, with a total value of $496,310.00. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 3,100 shares in the company, valued at approximately $496,310. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, Director Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 320,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, November 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $161.15, for a total transaction of $51,568,000.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 6.70% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. California Public Employees Retirement System raised its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson by 7.5% in the 3rd quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 283,063 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $43,657,000 after purchasing an additional 19,836 shares in the last quarter. Nomura Asset Management Co. Ltd. raised its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson by 7.2% in the 3rd quarter. Nomura Asset Management Co. Ltd. now owns 17,293 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $2,668,000 after purchasing an additional 1,165 shares in the last quarter. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC raised its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson by 17.8% in the 3rd quarter. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC now owns 144,088 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $22,223,000 after purchasing an additional 21,803 shares in the last quarter. Toronto Dominion Bank raised its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson by 17.7% in the 3rd quarter. Toronto Dominion Bank now owns 50,692 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $7,817,000 after purchasing an additional 7,610 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Chevy Chase Trust Holdings Inc. raised its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson by 7.0% in the 3rd quarter. Chevy Chase Trust Holdings Inc. now owns 117,486 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $18,120,000 after purchasing an additional 7,644 shares in the last quarter. 94.34% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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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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