Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ:WLTW) Upgraded to Strong-Buy at BidaskClub

BidaskClub upgraded shares of Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ:WLTW) from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a research note released on Friday, BidAskClub reports.

WLTW has been the subject of a number of other research reports. Morgan Stanley decreased their target price on shares of Willis Towers Watson from $215.00 to $209.00 and set an overweight rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, August 15th. UBS Group raised their target price on shares of Willis Towers Watson from $202.00 to $220.00 and gave the company a buy rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 10th. Wells Fargo & Co reaffirmed a buy rating and set a $220.00 target price on shares of Willis Towers Watson in a research note on Wednesday, July 31st. Barclays set a $235.00 target price on shares of Willis Towers Watson and gave the company a buy rating in a research note on Monday, August 12th. Finally, SunTrust Banks raised their target price on shares of Willis Towers Watson from $210.00 to $225.00 and gave the company a buy rating in a research note on Thursday, July 11th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, nine have assigned a buy rating and two have issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of Buy and an average target price of $201.33.

WLTW stock opened at $197.40 on Friday. Willis Towers Watson has a 1 year low of $134.50 and a 1 year high of $200.93. The company has a market cap of $25.46 billion, a P/E ratio of 20.29, a PEG ratio of 1.72 and a beta of 0.81. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $194.86 and a 200 day moving average of $186.16. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.51, a current ratio of 1.83 and a quick ratio of 1.83.

Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ:WLTW) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, July 31st. The financial services provider reported $1.78 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.76 by $0.02. Willis Towers Watson had a net margin of 9.86% and a return on equity of 13.00%. The company had revenue of $2.05 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.06 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $1.70 earnings per share. Willis Towers Watson’s revenue was up 2.9% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts expect that Willis Towers Watson will post 10.93 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, October 15th. Shareholders of record on Monday, September 30th will be paid a dividend of $0.65 per share. This represents a $2.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.32%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, September 27th. Willis Towers Watson’s dividend payout ratio is 26.72%.

In related news, insider Nicolas Aubert sold 7,592 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $195.00, for a total transaction of $1,480,440.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 5,875 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,145,625. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. 0.75% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Clean Yield Group bought a new stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson during the second quarter valued at approximately $28,000. Redhawk Wealth Advisors Inc. bought a new stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson during the second quarter valued at approximately $31,000. Private Ocean LLC bought a new stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson during the second quarter valued at approximately $38,000. CSat Investment Advisory L.P. increased its position in shares of Willis Towers Watson by 251.3% during the second quarter. CSat Investment Advisory L.P. now owns 274 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $53,000 after acquiring an additional 196 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Commonwealth Bank of Australia increased its position in shares of Willis Towers Watson by 32.8% during the second quarter. Commonwealth Bank of Australia now owns 344 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $63,000 after acquiring an additional 85 shares in the last quarter. 92.91% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Willis Towers Watson Company Profile

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company operates as an advisory, broking, and solutions company worldwide. The company's Human Capital and Benefits segment offers actuarial support, plan design, and administrative services for traditional pension and retirement savings plans; plan management consulting, broking, and administration services for health and group benefit programs; and benefits outsourcing services.

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