Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:WLTW) insider Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 8,118 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, October 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $156.05, for a total value of $1,266,813.90. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (WLTW) traded up 0.82% during midday trading on Tuesday, reaching $155.95. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 541,974 shares. The firm has a market capitalization of $20.94 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 44.14 and a beta of 0.95. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company has a 12 month low of $112.76 and a 12 month high of $156.33. The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $153.67 and its 200-day moving average price is $153.67.

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

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, October 16th. Stockholders of record on Saturday, September 30th will be issued a $0.53 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 28th. This represents a $2.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.36%. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited’s payout ratio is currently 76.81%.

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Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can increased its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 11.8% in the second quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can now owns 693 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $100,000 after acquiring an additional 73 shares during the last quarter. Commonwealth Bank of Australia increased its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 12.1% in the second quarter. Commonwealth Bank of Australia now owns 694 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $100,000 after acquiring an additional 75 shares during the last quarter. Advisor Group Inc. increased its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 30.2% in the second quarter. Advisor Group Inc. now owns 699 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $101,000 after acquiring an additional 162 shares during the last quarter. Dupont Capital Management Corp acquired a new position in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in the second quarter worth $106,000. Finally, Advisors Asset Management Inc. increased its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 77.2% in the second quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. now owns 909 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $132,000 after acquiring an additional 396 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 94.26% of the company’s stock.

Several equities analysts have weighed in on the company. BidaskClub raised Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, September 28th. Deutsche Bank AG reissued a “sell” rating and set a $130.00 price target (up previously from $121.00) on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research report on Wednesday, August 9th. Citigroup Inc. dropped their price target on 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 Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, October 2nd. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “buy” rating and set a $175.00 price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research report on Friday, August 4th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating, fourteen have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $157.43.

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.

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ:WLTW)

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