Willis Group Holdings PLC Given Average Recommendation of “Hold” by Analysts (NYSE:WSH)
Shares of Willis Group Holdings PLC (NYSE:WSH) have been given an average recommendation of “Hold” by the ten brokerages that are presently covering the stock, American Banking and Market News reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and three have assigned a 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 $45.44.
In other Willis Group Holdings PLC news, CEO Todd J. Jones sold 59,588 shares of Willis Group Holdings PLC stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, August 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $41.03, for a total value of $2,444,895.64. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link.
A number of analysts have recently weighed in on WSH shares. Analysts at Deutsche Bank reiterated a “sell” rating on shares of Willis Group Holdings PLC in a research note on Thursday, August 7th. They now have a $37.00 price target on the stock, down previously from $38.00. Separately, analysts at Zacks reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Willis Group Holdings PLC in a research note on Friday, August 1st. They now have a $43.00 price target on the stock. Finally, analysts at Barclays reiterated an “overweight” rating on shares of Willis Group Holdings PLC in a research note on Wednesday, July 30th. They now have a $45.00 price target on the stock, down previously from $47.00.
Shares of Willis Group Holdings PLC (NYSE:WSH) opened at 41.26 on Thursday. Willis Group Holdings PLC has a 52-week low of $39.81 and a 52-week high of $47.22. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $41.99 and its 200-day moving average is $42.34. The company has a market cap of $7.381 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.45.
Willis Group Holdings PLC (NYSE:WSH) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 29th. The company reported $0.49 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $0.59 by $0.10. The company had revenue of $935.00 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $924.50 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.59 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 5.1% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts predict that Willis Group Holdings PLC will post $2.55 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which is scheduled for Wednesday, October 15th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, September 30th will be given a dividend of $0.30 per share. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.91%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, September 26th.
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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