Equities analysts expect that Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:WLTW) will announce earnings per share of $2.11 for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Eight analysts have issued estimates for Willis Towers Watson Public’s earnings, with the highest EPS estimate coming in at $2.22 and the lowest estimate coming in at $1.93. Willis Towers Watson Public posted earnings per share of $1.88 in the same quarter last year, which suggests a positive year-over-year growth rate of 12.2%. The company is scheduled to issue its next quarterly earnings report on Thursday, February 8th.

On average, analysts expect that Willis Towers Watson Public will report full year earnings of $8.41 per share for the current year, with EPS estimates ranging from $8.30 to $8.49. For the next year, analysts anticipate that the business will post earnings of $9.81 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $9.45 to $10.10. Zacks’ earnings per share calculations are a mean average based on a survey of research analysts that follow Willis Towers Watson Public.

Willis Towers Watson Public (NASDAQ:WLTW) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The financial services provider reported $1.12 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.13 by ($0.01). Willis Towers Watson Public had a return on equity of 10.93% and a net margin of 4.43%. The company had revenue of $1.82 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.84 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $1.04 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 4.0% compared to the same quarter last year.

A number of analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Willis Towers Watson Public from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday. Robert W. Baird reissued a “buy” rating and set a $167.00 price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. Wells Fargo & Company raised shares of Willis Towers Watson Public from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Willis Towers Watson Public from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 31st. Finally, Barclays raised their price objective on Willis Towers Watson Public from $171.00 to $174.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research note on Monday, October 16th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and fourteen have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $157.57.

Shares of Willis Towers Watson Public (NASDAQ WLTW) opened at $161.95 on Friday. Willis Towers Watson Public has a 1 year low of $119.70 and a 1 year high of $165.00. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.45, a quick ratio of 1.97 and a current ratio of 1.97. The firm has a market cap of $21,750.00, a P/E ratio of 19.53, a PEG ratio of 1.90 and a beta of 0.92.

In other news, CFO Michael J. Burwell acquired 3,100 shares of Willis Towers Watson Public stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 6th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $160.10 per share, for a total transaction of $496,310.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the chief financial officer now directly owns 3,100 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $496,310. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, insider Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 216,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, September 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $148.64, for a total value of $32,106,240.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 2,447,295 shares of company stock worth $373,854,613 over the last 90 days. 6.70% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can lifted its stake in Willis Towers Watson Public by 11.8% in the second quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can now owns 693 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $100,000 after buying an additional 73 shares during the last quarter. Commonwealth Bank of Australia lifted its stake in Willis Towers Watson Public by 12.1% in the second quarter. Commonwealth Bank of Australia now owns 694 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $100,000 after buying an additional 75 shares during the last quarter. Advisor Group Inc. lifted its stake in Willis Towers Watson Public by 30.2% in the second quarter. Advisor Group Inc. now owns 699 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $101,000 after buying an additional 162 shares during the last quarter. Dupont Capital Management Corp bought a new stake in Willis Towers Watson Public in the second quarter valued at $106,000. Finally, Advisors Asset Management Inc. lifted its stake in Willis Towers Watson Public by 77.2% in the second quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. now owns 909 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $132,000 after buying an additional 396 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 94.34% of the company’s stock.

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About Willis Towers Watson Public

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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