ValuEngine lowered shares of Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ:WLTW) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report issued on Tuesday morning, ValuEngine reports.

WLTW has been the subject of several other reports. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Willis Towers Watson from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report on Thursday, November 28th. Wells Fargo & Co reissued a buy rating and issued a $225.00 price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson in a research note on Sunday, November 24th. Morgan Stanley cut 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. Finally, Barclays set a $235.00 price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson and gave the company a buy rating in a research report on Monday, August 12th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating, nine have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of Buy and a consensus target price of $204.09.

Shares of NASDAQ:WLTW opened at $192.52 on Tuesday. Willis Towers Watson has a 52-week low of $144.13 and a 52-week high of $200.93. The stock has a market cap of $24.75 billion, a P/E ratio of 19.79, a PEG ratio of 1.66 and a beta of 0.81. The business has a fifty day moving average of $188.89 and a two-hundred day moving average of $190.61. The company has a quick ratio of 1.41, a current ratio of 1.41 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.63.

Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ:WLTW) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 31st. The financial services provider reported $1.31 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.30 by $0.01. The business had revenue of $1.99 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.98 billion. Willis Towers Watson had a return on equity of 13.01% and a net margin of 10.07%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 7.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $1.32 EPS. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Willis Towers Watson will post 10.92 earnings per share for the current year.

In other Willis Towers Watson news, insider Joseph Gunn sold 2,690 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $189.07, for a total transaction of $508,598.30. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 17,912 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,386,621.84. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Corporate insiders own 0.75% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in WLTW. Millennium Management LLC lifted its position in shares of Willis Towers Watson by 217.4% during the third quarter. Millennium Management LLC now owns 246,851 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $47,634,000 after purchasing an additional 169,072 shares in the last quarter. Man Group plc increased its stake in Willis Towers Watson by 1,742.4% during the 3rd quarter. Man Group plc now owns 273,221 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $52,724,000 after buying an additional 258,391 shares during the period. Philadelphia Financial Management of San Francisco LLC purchased a new stake in Willis Towers Watson during the 3rd quarter worth approximately $6,120,000. Squarepoint Ops LLC grew its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson by 44.2% in the third quarter. Squarepoint Ops LLC now owns 94,410 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $18,218,000 after acquiring an additional 28,928 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Cleararc Capital Inc. acquired a new position in shares of Willis Towers Watson in the third quarter worth $377,000. 91.70% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

About Willis Towers Watson

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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