Somewhat Positive Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ:WLTW) Share Price

Headlines about Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ:WLTW) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Willis Towers Watson earned a news sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.478916286582 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

WLTW has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. Citigroup upped their target price on Willis Towers Watson from $175.00 to $183.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, July 12th. BidaskClub raised Willis Towers Watson from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 24th. ValuEngine lowered Willis Towers Watson from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, August 3rd. Morgan Stanley reduced their target price on Willis Towers Watson from $175.00 to $171.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, August 3rd. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $175.00 target price on shares of Willis Towers Watson in a research note on Monday, August 6th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $172.77.

Shares of Willis Towers Watson stock opened at $146.58 on Friday. Willis Towers Watson has a fifty-two week low of $142.67 and a fifty-two week high of $165.00. The firm has a market cap of $19.40 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.22, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.31 and a beta of 0.88. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.44, a quick ratio of 2.29 and a current ratio of 2.29.

Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ:WLTW) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, August 2nd. The financial services provider reported $1.70 earnings per share for the quarter, hitting analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.70. Willis Towers Watson had a return on equity of 9.96% and a net margin of 5.65%. The company had revenue of $1.99 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.99 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $1.45 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.7% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts expect that Willis Towers Watson will post 9.56 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, October 15th. Shareholders of record on Sunday, September 30th will be paid a dividend of $0.60 per share. This represents a $2.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.64%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 27th. Willis Towers Watson’s dividend payout ratio is presently 28.20%.

In other Willis Towers Watson news, insider Adam Garrard sold 1,830 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, August 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $146.77, for a total transaction of $268,589.10. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 13,739 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,016,473.03. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Corporate insiders own 0.50% of the company’s stock.

Willis Towers Watson Company Profile

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company operates as an advisory, broking, and solutions company worldwide. Its Human Capital and Benefits segment provides 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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