Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:WLTW)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reiterated by SunTrust Banks, Inc. in a report issued on Friday. They presently have a $182.00 price target on the financial services provider’s stock. SunTrust Banks, Inc.’s target price would indicate a potential upside of 17.23% from the stock’s previous close.

Several other analysts have also weighed in on WLTW. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, September 28th. Deutsche Bank AG reiterated 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. Citigroup Inc. reduced their price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from $174.00 to $173.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research report on Monday, August 7th. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday. 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 report on Friday, August 4th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating, fourteen have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $157.43.

Shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (WLTW) traded down 0.01% on Friday, reaching $155.23. 328,286 shares of the company were exchanged. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited has a 12 month low of $112.76 and a 12 month high of $156.33. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $153.54 and its 200 day moving average price is $153.54. The company has a market cap of $20.85 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 43.94 and a beta of 0.95.

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

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In related news, insider Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 304,350 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, September 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $154.88, for a total value of $47,137,728.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, insider Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 41,348 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, September 18th. The shares were sold at an average price of $152.38, for a total value of $6,300,608.24. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 4,390,350 shares of company stock worth $657,724,947 over the last quarter. Company insiders own 6.70% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in WLTW. BlackRock Inc. raised its stake in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 2,106.3% in the 1st quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 5,379,306 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $704,098,000 after acquiring an additional 5,135,491 shares during the period. FIL Ltd raised its stake in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 490.5% in the 2nd quarter. FIL Ltd now owns 3,884,662 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $565,063,000 after acquiring an additional 3,226,785 shares during the period. Capital Research Global Investors raised its stake in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 136.4% in the 2nd quarter. Capital Research Global Investors now owns 2,398,314 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $348,859,000 after acquiring an additional 1,383,798 shares during the period. Epoch Investment Partners Inc. bought a new stake in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in the 2nd quarter valued at about $167,911,000. Finally, Harris Associates L P raised its stake in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 13.0% in the 2nd quarter. Harris Associates L P now owns 8,937,984 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $1,300,119,000 after acquiring an additional 1,027,587 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 94.38% 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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