Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (WLTW) Given Daily News Sentiment Rating of 0.19

Media headlines about Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ:WLTW) have trended somewhat positive on Tuesday, according to Accern. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited earned a news sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.1759914527008 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Several research analysts have recently issued reports on the company. ValuEngine raised Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 9th. Wells Fargo & Company reaffirmed a “sell” rating and issued a $124.00 price objective on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research note on Thursday, November 2nd. BidaskClub downgraded Willis Towers Watson Public Limited from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 31st. Robert W. Baird reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $167.00 price objective on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. Finally, Barclays PLC upped their price objective on 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. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and sixteen have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $155.80.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ:WLTW) traded down $0.39 during trading on Tuesday, hitting $161.10. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 258,264 shares, compared to its average volume of 805,280. The company has a market cap of $21,333.51, a PE ratio of 19.80, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.93 and a beta of 0.91. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited has a 52-week low of $119.70 and a 52-week high of $165.00. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.45, a current ratio of 1.97 and a quick ratio of 1.97.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ:WLTW) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The financial services provider reported $1.12 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.13 by ($0.01). The business 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 return on equity of 10.93% and a net margin of 4.43%. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited’s quarterly revenue was up 4.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $1.04 earnings per share. sell-side analysts expect that Willis Towers Watson Public Limited will post 8.41 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, October 16th. Shareholders of record on Saturday, September 30th were issued a dividend of $0.53 per share. This represents a $2.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.32%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, September 28th. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited’s payout ratio is 81.85%.

In other news, CFO Michael J. Burwell bought 3,100 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 6th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $160.10 per share, with a total value of $496,310.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 3,100 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $496,310. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Director Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 320,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, November 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $161.15, for a total value of $51,568,000.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 3,835,295 shares of company stock worth $581,439,613 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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