Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:WLTW)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reissued by equities research analysts at Robert W. Baird in a report released on Friday. They currently have a $167.00 price target on the financial services provider’s stock. Robert W. Baird’s price objective suggests a potential upside of 4.64% from the stock’s current price.

Several other research firms have also recently issued reports on WLTW. Wells Fargo & Company restated a “sell” rating and set a $124.00 target price on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research note on Thursday. BidaskClub cut shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday. Barclays PLC upped their target price on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from $171.00 to $174.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research note on Monday, October 16th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $164.00 price objective on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research note on Thursday, October 12th. Finally, ValuEngine cut shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, October 2nd. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and fifteen have given a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $155.80.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ WLTW) traded down $1.32 on Friday, reaching $159.59. 748,474 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 689,964. The company has a current ratio of 1.97, a quick ratio of 2.25 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.45. The firm has a market cap of $21,198.84, a P/E ratio of 19.30, a PEG ratio of 1.88 and a beta of 0.91.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ:WLTW) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The financial services provider reported $1.12 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.13 by ($0.01). The company had revenue of $1.82 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.84 billion. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited had a net margin of 4.43% and a return on equity of 10.93%. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited’s revenue was up 4.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $1.04 EPS. sell-side analysts anticipate that Willis Towers Watson Public Limited will post 8.43 earnings per share for the current year.

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In other Willis Towers Watson Public Limited news, insider Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 287,532 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, October 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $156.74, for a total transaction of $45,067,765.68. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 103,578 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, October 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $156.36, for a total transaction of $16,195,456.08. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 4,845,295 shares of company stock worth $728,949,063. 6.70% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Vanguard Group Inc. grew its holdings in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 2.2% during the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 12,636,927 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $1,838,168,000 after buying an additional 276,273 shares in the last quarter. Harris Associates L P grew its holdings in shares of 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 valued at $1,300,119,000 after purchasing an additional 1,027,587 shares in the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. grew its holdings in shares of 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 valued at $1,118,528,000 after purchasing an additional 2,310,281 shares in the last quarter. State Street Corp grew its holdings in shares of 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 valued at $911,068,000 after purchasing an additional 354,029 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Longview Partners Guernsey LTD grew its holdings in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 6.7% in the third quarter. Longview Partners Guernsey LTD now owns 5,677,694 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $875,671,000 after purchasing an additional 355,228 shares in the last quarter. 93.55% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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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