Shares of Willis Towers Watson PLC (NASDAQ:WLTW) have been given a consensus rating of “Buy” by the fifteen brokerages that are covering the company, Marketbeat.com reports. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, ten have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The average 1 year target price among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $203.64.

A number of equities research analysts recently commented on the stock. UBS Group upped their price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson from $202.00 to $220.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 10th. Wells Fargo & Co reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $220.00 price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson in a report on Wednesday, July 31st. Morgan Stanley lowered their price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson from $215.00 to $209.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a report on Thursday, August 15th. BidaskClub lowered shares of Willis Towers Watson from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, September 11th. Finally, Barclays set a $235.00 price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, August 12th.

Shares of WLTW traded down $0.01 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $198.63. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 2,056 shares, compared to its average volume of 431,980. The stock has a market cap of $25.62 billion, a PE ratio of 20.29, a P/E/G ratio of 1.69 and a beta of 0.81. The company has a current ratio of 1.83, a quick ratio of 1.83 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.51. Willis Towers Watson has a 52 week low of $134.50 and a 52 week high of $200.93. The company’s fifty day moving average price is $194.85 and its two-hundred day moving average price is $185.47.

Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ:WLTW) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 31st. The financial services provider reported $1.78 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.76 by $0.02. The firm had revenue of $2.05 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.06 billion. Willis Towers Watson had a net margin of 9.86% and a return on equity of 13.00%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 2.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $1.70 EPS. Research analysts anticipate that Willis Towers Watson will post 10.93 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, October 15th. Shareholders of record on Monday, September 30th will be issued a $0.65 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, September 27th. This represents a $2.60 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.31%. Willis Towers Watson’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 26.72%.

In other Willis Towers Watson news, insider Nicolas Aubert sold 7,592 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, August 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $195.00, for a total value of $1,480,440.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 5,875 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,145,625. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. 0.75% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Northern Trust Corp grew its position in shares of Willis Towers Watson by 0.3% in the 1st quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 1,463,372 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $257,041,000 after buying an additional 4,045 shares during the period. Raymond James Trust N.A. grew its position in shares of Willis Towers Watson by 5.0% in the 2nd quarter. Raymond James Trust N.A. now owns 4,906 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $940,000 after buying an additional 235 shares during the period. FMR LLC grew its position in shares of Willis Towers Watson by 12.3% in the 1st quarter. FMR LLC now owns 2,517,708 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $442,236,000 after buying an additional 276,226 shares during the period. US Bancorp DE grew its position in shares of Willis Towers Watson by 105.9% in the 1st quarter. US Bancorp DE now owns 34,908 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $6,131,000 after buying an additional 17,957 shares during the period. Finally, BRITISH COLUMBIA INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT Corp grew its position in shares of Willis Towers Watson by 12.5% in the 1st quarter. BRITISH COLUMBIA INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT Corp now owns 64,510 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $11,331,000 after buying an additional 7,164 shares during the period. 92.91% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Willis Towers Watson Company Profile

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company operates as an advisory, broking, and solutions company worldwide. The company's Human Capital and Benefits segment offers actuarial support, plan design, and administrative services for traditional pension and retirement savings plans; plan management consulting, broking, and administration services for health and group benefit programs; and benefits outsourcing services.

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