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Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ: WTW) Receives Medium Analyst ‘Hold’ Recommendation

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ:WTW – Get Rating) has been awarded a consensus recommendation of “Hold” by the seven ratings companies that currently cover the stock, Marketbeat reports. One analyst rated the stock with a sell recommendation and six gave the company a hold recommendation. The 12-month average target price among brokerages that have reported on the stock in the past year is $231.00.

WTW has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. Jefferies Financial Group lowered its price target on Willis Towers Watson Public shares from $237.00 to $218.00 and set a “hold” rating on the stock in a Tuesday, July 12 research report. Morgan Stanley cut its price target on Willis Towers Watson Public shares from $242.00 to $222.00 and set an “equal weight” rating for the company in a Monday, May 23 research note. Goldman Sachs Group began covering shares of Willis Towers Watson Public in a report on Tuesday, July 12. They issued a “neutral” rating and a price target of $227.00 on the stock. Finally, Bank of America launched a hedge on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public in a Monday, April 11 report. They issued an “underperforming” rating on the stock.

Insider Trading at Willis Towers Watson Public

In related news, insider Julie Jarecke Gebauer sold 1,400 shares of the company in a trade on Thursday, August 4. The stock was sold at an average price of $210.01, for a total value of $294,014.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 92,555 shares of the company, valued at $19,437,475.55. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, accessible via the SEC’s website. Insiders hold 0.83% of the shares of the company.

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Institutional investors have recently increased or reduced their stake in the company. Heritage Wealth Advisors bought a new stake in Willis Towers Watson Public during the second quarter for $27,000. Bogart Wealth LLC bought a new stock position in Willis Towers Watson Public during Q2 for $30,000. Investors Research Corp acquired a new stake in Willis Towers Watson Public during Q2 for a value of approximately $30,000. Lindbrook Capital LLC purchased a new stake in Willis Towers Watson Public during Q2 for approximately $38,000. Finally, Geneos Wealth Management Inc. acquired a new stake in Willis Towers Watson Public during the 2nd quarter for a value of approximately $39,000. 91.40% of the shares are held by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Willis Towers Watson Public Trading down 0.6%

Willis Towers Watson Public stock opened at $208.81 on Friday. The company’s 50-day moving average is $201.44 and its 200-day moving average is $217.06. The company has a debt ratio of 0.45, a quick ratio of 2.57 and a current ratio of 2.57. Willis Towers Watson Public has a 1-year low of $187.89 and a 1-year high of $249.70. The company has a market capitalization of $22.96 billion, a P/E ratio of 7.41, a PEG ratio of 0.93 and a beta of 0.78.

Willis Towers Watson Public (NASDAQ:WTW – Get Rating) last released quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 28. The company reported earnings per share of $2.32 for the quarter, matching the consensus estimate of $2.32. Willis Towers Watson Public had a net margin of 39.87% and a return on equity of 13.06%. The company posted revenue of $2.03 billion for the quarter, versus a consensus estimate of $2.07 billion. During the same period last year, the company posted EPS of $2.66. Willis Towers Watson Public quarterly revenue decreased 2.9% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, stock analysts expect Willis Towers Watson Public to post earnings per share of 13.56 for the current year.

Willis Towers Watson public dividend announcement

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, July 15. Shareholders of record on Thursday, June 30 received a dividend of $0.82 per share. This represents an annualized dividend of $3.28 and a yield of 1.57%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, June 29. Willis Towers Watson Public’s dividend payout ratio is 11.64%.

Willis Towers Watson Public Company Profile

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Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company operates as a worldwide consultancy, brokerage and solutions company. It operates through two segments, Health, Wealth and Career; and and Risk and brokerage. The company provides actuarial support, plan design and administrative services for traditional pension and retirement savings plans; plan management consultancy, brokerage and administration services for health care and group benefit programs; and benefits from outsourcing services.

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