Shares of Willis Towers Watson PLC (NASDAQ:WLTW) have been assigned a consensus rating of “Buy” from the sixteen analysts that are currently covering the stock, MarketBeat reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating, eight have given a buy rating and two have issued a strong buy rating on the company. The average twelve-month price target among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $188.58.

A number of equities research analysts have recently commented on the company. UBS Group lifted their price objective on Willis Towers Watson from $188.00 to $202.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, May 7th. Raymond James reaffirmed a “strong-buy” rating and issued a $200.00 price objective on shares of Willis Towers Watson in a research report on Monday, May 6th. Wells Fargo & Co lifted their target price on Willis Towers Watson from $164.00 to $175.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a report on Thursday, May 2nd. BidaskClub upgraded Willis Towers Watson from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Saturday, April 13th. Finally, MKM Partners lifted their target price on Willis Towers Watson from $190.00 to $210.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, April 8th.

In related news, insider Adam Garrard sold 3,517 shares of Willis Towers Watson stock in a transaction on Wednesday, February 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $171.71, for a total value of $603,904.07. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 5,542 shares in the company, valued at $951,616.82. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, Director Anna C. Catalano sold 1,110 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $180.35, for a total value of $200,188.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.75% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the business. First Hawaiian Bank lifted its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson by 5,000.0% during the first quarter. First Hawaiian Bank now owns 153 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $27,000 after purchasing an additional 150 shares in the last quarter. Investors Research Corp acquired a new position in shares of Willis Towers Watson during the first quarter worth about $27,000. We Are One Seven LLC acquired a new position in shares of Willis Towers Watson during the fourth quarter worth about $32,000. JOYN Advisors Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson by 91.9% during the fourth quarter. JOYN Advisors Inc. now owns 286 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $43,000 after purchasing an additional 137 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Bessemer Group Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson by 86.2% during the fourth quarter. Bessemer Group Inc. now owns 324 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $49,000 after purchasing an additional 150 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 93.68% of the company’s stock.

Shares of NASDAQ:WLTW opened at $173.70 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $22.45 billion, a PE ratio of 17.85, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.53 and a beta of 0.81. The company has a quick ratio of 1.86, a current ratio of 2.20 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.54. Willis Towers Watson has a 52 week low of $134.50 and a 52 week high of $187.91.

Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ:WLTW) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, May 1st. The financial services provider reported $2.98 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $2.99 by ($0.01). The business had revenue of $2.31 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.37 billion. Willis Towers Watson had a net margin of 8.99% and a return on equity of 12.89%. Willis Towers Watson’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $2.71 EPS. On average, research analysts anticipate that Willis Towers Watson will post 10.76 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, April 15th. Investors of record on Sunday, March 31st were issued a $0.65 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, March 28th. This represents a $2.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.50%. This is a boost from Willis Towers Watson’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.60. Willis Towers Watson’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 26.72%.

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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