Willis Group Holdings PLC Receives Average Rating of “Hold” from Brokerages (NYSE:WSH)
Shares of Willis Group Holdings PLC (NYSE:WSH) have earned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the eleven ratings firms that are presently covering the company, American Banking News.com reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month price target among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $46.56.
Shares of Willis Group Holdings PLC (NYSE:WSH) traded up 0.48% on Friday, hitting $41.64. The stock had a trading volume of 93,512 shares. Willis Group Holdings PLC has a 1-year low of $38.68 and a 1-year high of $47.22. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $42.4 and its 200-day moving average is $43.39. The company has a market cap of $7.464 billion and a P/E ratio of 19.05.
Willis Group Holdings PLC (NYSE:WSH) last released its earnings data on Tuesday, April 29th. The company reported $1.36 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $0.19 by $1.17. The company had revenue of $1.10 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.10 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $1.46 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 4.4% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts expect that Willis Group Holdings PLC will post $2.67 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which is scheduled for Tuesday, July 15th. Investors of record on Monday, June 30th will be paid a dividend of $0.30 per share. This represents a $1.20 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.90%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, June 26th.
A number of research firms have recently commented on WSH. Analysts at Deutsche Bank downgraded shares of Willis Group Holdings PLC from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, May 2nd. They now have a $38.00 price target on the stock, down previously from $42.00. Separately, analysts at Zacks reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Willis Group Holdings PLC in a research note on Wednesday, April 30th. They now have a $45.00 price target on the stock. Finally, analysts at Zacks reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Willis Group Holdings PLC in a research note on Thursday, April 17th. They now have a $44.00 price target on the stock.
Willis Group Holdings Public Limited Company provides a range of insurance brokerage, reinsurance and risk management consulting services to its clients worldwide.
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