Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. Acquires 94 Shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (WLTW)

Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. raised its holdings in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:WLTW) by 0.5% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the SEC. The firm owned 20,820 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 94 shares during the quarter. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc.’s holdings in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited were worth $3,027,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also made changes to their positions in WLTW. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can boosted its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 11.8% in the 2nd quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can now owns 693 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $100,000 after purchasing an additional 73 shares during the last quarter. Commonwealth Bank of Australia boosted its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 12.1% in the 2nd quarter. Commonwealth Bank of Australia now owns 694 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $100,000 after purchasing an additional 75 shares during the last quarter. Advisor Group Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 30.2% in the 2nd quarter. Advisor Group Inc. now owns 699 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $101,000 after purchasing an additional 162 shares during the last quarter. Dupont Capital Management Corp bought a new stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in the 2nd quarter valued at $106,000. Finally, Advisors Asset Management Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited by 77.2% in the 2nd quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. now owns 909 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $132,000 after purchasing an additional 396 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 94.26% of the company’s stock.

WLTW has been the topic of a number of analyst reports. SunTrust Banks, Inc. reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $182.00 price objective on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research note on Friday, October 6th. Deutsche Bank AG reaffirmed a “sell” rating and issued 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 reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $167.00 price objective on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research note on Tuesday, September 12th. Morgan Stanley reaffirmed an “overweight” rating and issued a $160.00 price objective (up from $150.00) on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research note on Friday, July 7th. Finally, William Blair reaffirmed an “outperform” rating on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited in a research note on Monday, August 21st. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating, fourteen have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $157.86.

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In other news, CFO Roger F. Millay sold 20,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on 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 owns 14,059 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,102,945.22. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, insider Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 8,118 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, October 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $156.05, for a total transaction of $1,266,813.90. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders have sold 4,398,468 shares of company stock worth $658,991,761. Insiders own 6.70% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ WLTW) traded up 0.22% on Thursday, reaching $156.30. 215,638 shares of the company traded hands. The stock has a market capitalization of $20.99 billion, a P/E ratio of 44.24 and a beta of 0.95. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company has a one year low of $112.76 and a one year high of $156.98. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $153.87 and its 200-day moving average price is $153.87.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ:WLTW) last issued 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). The company had revenue of $1.95 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.95 billion. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited had a net margin of 4.75% and a return on equity of 10.63%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up .2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $1.66 earnings per share. Equities analysts forecast that Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company will post $8.43 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, October 16th. Shareholders of record on Saturday, September 30th will be given a dividend of $0.53 per share. This represents a $2.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.36%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 28th. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited’s payout ratio is currently 76.81%.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited 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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