Analysts forecast that Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:WLTW) will announce $1.13 earnings per share (EPS) for the current quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Eight analysts have made estimates for Willis Towers Watson Public Limited’s earnings, with estimates ranging from $1.04 to $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 earnings results 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 year, with EPS estimates ranging from $8.25 to $8.50. For the next fiscal year, analysts anticipate that the company will report earnings of $9.75 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $9.30 to $10.14. Zacks Investment Research’s earnings per share calculations are a mean average based on a survey of research firms that cover Willis Towers Watson Public Limited.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ:WLTW) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 3rd. The financial services provider reported $1.45 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate 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 analyst estimates of $1.95 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $1.66 earnings per share. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited’s revenue for the quarter was up .2% on a year-over-year basis.

Several equities research analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $158.00 target price on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research report on Friday, July 14th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 13th. Citigroup Inc. raised their target price on Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from $166.00 to $174.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 13th. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $166.00 target price on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research report on Friday, July 21st. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $165.00 target price on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research report on Friday, June 16th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating, thirteen have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $155.54.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ WLTW) opened at 154.70 on Thursday. The firm has a market capitalization of $20.77 billion, a P/E ratio of 43.79 and a beta of 0.95. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $153.45 and a 200 day moving average of $153.45. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited has a 12-month low of $112.76 and a 12-month high of $156.14.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, October 16th. Investors of record on Saturday, September 30th will be issued a $0.53 dividend. This represents a $2.12 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.37%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 28th. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 76.81%.

In other Willis Towers Watson Public Limited news, Director Brendan R. Oneill sold 5,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $150.92, for a total value of $754,600.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 17,302 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,611,217.84. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, CFO Roger F. Millay sold 20,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $149.58, for a total value of $2,991,600.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 14,059 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,102,945.22. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 4,390,350 shares of company stock valued at $657,724,947. 6.70% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the business. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can boosted its stake in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 11.8% in the 2nd quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can now owns 693 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $100,000 after purchasing an additional 73 shares during the period. Commonwealth Bank of Australia boosted its stake in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 12.1% in the 2nd quarter. Commonwealth Bank of Australia now owns 694 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $100,000 after purchasing an additional 75 shares during the period. Advisor Group Inc. boosted its stake in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 30.2% in the 2nd quarter. Advisor Group Inc. now owns 699 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $101,000 after purchasing an additional 162 shares during the period. Dupont Capital Management Corp bought a new position in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in the 2nd quarter worth about $106,000. Finally, Advisors Asset Management Inc. boosted its stake in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 77.2% in the 2nd quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. now owns 909 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $132,000 after purchasing an additional 396 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 94.38% of the company’s stock.

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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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