Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (WLTW) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Analysis Finds

News coverage about Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ:WLTW) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited earned a media sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.4188453021683 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

WLTW has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. SunTrust Banks, Inc. reissued a “buy” rating and set a $182.00 price objective on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research note on Friday, October 6th. Deutsche Bank AG reissued a “sell” rating and set a $130.00 price objective (up from $121.00) on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research note on Wednesday, August 9th. Robert W. Baird reissued a “buy” rating and set a $167.00 price objective on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research note on Tuesday, September 12th. William Blair reissued an “outperform” rating on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research note on Monday, August 21st. Finally, Morgan Stanley restated an “overweight” rating and issued a $160.00 target price (up previously from $150.00) on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a report on Friday, July 7th. Two 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’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $158.07.

Shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ WLTW) opened at 158.95 on Tuesday. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited has a 52-week low of $112.76 and a 52-week high of $159.16. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $152.59 and its 200-day moving average price is $145.21. The firm has a market capitalization of $21.35 billion, a P/E ratio of 44.99 and a beta of 0.95.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ:WLTW) last announced its quarterly earnings data 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). Willis Towers Watson Public Limited had a net margin of 4.75% and a return on equity of 10.63%. The business had revenue of $1.95 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.95 billion. During the same period last year, the company posted $1.66 EPS. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited’s revenue for the quarter was up .2% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts expect that Willis Towers Watson Public Limited will post $8.43 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, October 16th. Investors of record on Saturday, September 30th were issued a dividend of $0.53 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, September 28th. This represents a $2.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.33%. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited’s dividend payout ratio is currently 76.81%.

In related news, Director Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 206,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, September 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $148.02, for a total transaction of $30,492,120.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, CFO Roger F. Millay sold 20,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $149.58, for a total transaction of $2,991,600.00. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 14,059 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,102,945.22. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 4,845,295 shares of company stock valued at $728,949,063 over the last 90 days. Company insiders own 6.70% of the company’s stock.

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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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