Analysts expect Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:WLTW) to announce earnings per share (EPS) of $1.13 for the current quarter, Zacks reports. Eight analysts have issued estimates for Willis Towers Watson Public Limited’s earnings, with the lowest EPS estimate coming in at $1.04 and the highest estimate coming in at $1.20. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited reported earnings of $1.04 per share during the same quarter last year, which suggests a positive year over year growth rate of 8.7%. The firm is scheduled to announce its next quarterly earnings report on Friday, November 3rd.

On average, analysts expect that Willis Towers Watson Public Limited will report full-year earnings of $8.42 per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from $8.25 to $8.50. For the next fiscal year, analysts anticipate that the business will post earnings of $9.75 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $9.30 to $10.14. Zacks’ earnings per share averages are a mean average based on a survey of sell-side research firms that that provide coverage for Willis Towers Watson Public Limited.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ:WLTW) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The financial services provider reported $1.45 earnings per share (EPS) 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 during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.95 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $1.66 EPS. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited’s quarterly revenue was up .2% compared to the same quarter last year.

Several research analysts have issued reports on the stock. UBS AG restated a “buy” rating and issued a $163.00 price target (up previously from $159.00) on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research report on Monday, June 5th. Robert W. Baird restated a “buy” rating and issued a $167.00 price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research report on Tuesday. Citigroup Inc. decreased their price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from $174.00 to $173.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research report on Monday, August 7th. Deutsche Bank AG reaffirmed a “sell” rating and issued a $130.00 price objective (up previously from $121.00) on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research note on Wednesday, August 9th. Finally, ValuEngine raised shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, September 8th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and fourteen have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $154.50.

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Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (WLTW) traded up 0.47% during midday trading on Friday, reaching $153.14. The company had a trading volume of 1,884,757 shares. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited has a 52-week low of $112.76 and a 52-week high of $153.80. The company has a market capitalization of $20.56 billion, a P/E ratio of 43.35 and a beta of 0.94. The company’s 50 day moving average is $152.52 and its 200-day moving average is $142.39.

In other Willis Towers Watson Public Limited news, CFO Roger F. Millay sold 20,000 shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $149.58, for a total transaction of $2,991,600.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 14,059 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,102,945.22. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, insider Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 820,000 shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $149.59, for a total transaction of $122,663,800.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 4,044,652 shares of company stock valued at $604,286,611 in the last three months. Company insiders own 6.70% of the company’s stock.

Several large investors have recently modified their holdings of WLTW. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI boosted its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 33.3% during the 1st quarter. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI now owns 2,639 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $345,000 after buying an additional 659 shares during the period. Gabelli Funds LLC boosted its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 58.3% during the 1st quarter. Gabelli Funds LLC now owns 9,500 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $1,243,000 after buying an additional 3,500 shares during the period. Meadow Creek Investment Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 15.8% during the 1st quarter. Meadow Creek Investment Management LLC now owns 3,542 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $464,000 after buying an additional 484 shares during the period. Karp Capital Management Corp acquired a new stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited during the 1st quarter valued at $1,158,000. Finally, State of Wisconsin Investment Board acquired a new stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited during the 1st quarter valued at $8,603,000. 94.38% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company Profile

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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