Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:WLTW) Director Brendan R. Oneill sold 5,000 shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $150.92, for a total transaction of $754,600.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 17,302 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,611,217.84. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink.

Shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (WLTW) traded down 0.57% during trading on Wednesday, hitting $150.01. 802,945 shares of the company traded hands. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $147.68 and a 200 day moving average price of $137.70. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company has a 52 week low of $112.76 and a 52 week high of $151.99. The company has a market capitalization of $20.14 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 42.46 and a beta of 0.93.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ:WLTW) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 3rd. The financial services provider reported $1.45 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.48 by $0.03. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited had a net margin of 4.75% and a return on equity of 10.63%. The company had revenue of $1.95 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.95 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $1.66 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up .2% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts expect that Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company will post $8.43 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, July 17th. Investors of record on Friday, June 30th were issued a dividend of $0.53 per share. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, June 28th. This represents a $2.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.41%. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited’s payout ratio is 76.81%.

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Several research firms have weighed in on WLTW. Deutsche Bank AG reissued a “sell” rating and issued a $121.00 price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research note on Monday, July 10th. Wells Fargo & Company reissued a “sell” rating on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research note on Thursday, August 3rd. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, May 8th. William Blair reissued an “outperform” rating on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research note on Thursday, May 4th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $175.00 price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research note on Friday, August 4th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and twelve have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $152.69.

A number of large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 2.2% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 12,636,927 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $1,838,168,000 after buying an additional 276,273 shares during the period. Harris Associates L P increased its position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 13.0% in the second quarter. Harris Associates L P now owns 8,937,984 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $1,300,119,000 after buying an additional 1,027,587 shares during the period. BlackRock Inc. increased its position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 42.9% in the second quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 7,689,587 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $1,118,528,000 after buying an additional 2,310,281 shares during the period. State Street Corp increased its position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 6.0% in the second quarter. State Street Corp now owns 6,263,346 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $911,068,000 after buying an additional 354,029 shares during the period. Finally, Longview Partners Guernsey LTD increased its position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 5.1% in the second quarter. Longview Partners Guernsey LTD now owns 5,322,466 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $774,206,000 after buying an additional 256,179 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 92.48% of the company’s stock.

About Willis Towers Watson Public Limited

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (Willis Towers Watson) is a holding company. The Company operates as a global advisory, broking and solutions company. It is engaged in offering risk management, insurance broking, consulting, technology and solutions, and private exchanges. The Company operates through eight segments: Willis International; Willis North America; Willis Capital, Wholesale & Reinsurance (CWR); Willis GB; Towers Watson Benefits; Towers Watson Exchange Solutions; Towers Watson Risk and Financial Services; and Towers Watson Talent and Rewards.

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