Epoch Investment Partners Inc. Buys 1,748 Shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (WLTW)

Epoch Investment Partners Inc. lifted its stake in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:WLTW) by 0.2% during the 3rd quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 1,156,097 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 1,748 shares during the period. Epoch Investment Partners Inc. owned 0.88% of Willis Towers Watson Public worth $178,305,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Other large investors also recently bought and sold shares of the company. Teachers Advisors LLC raised its stake in Willis Towers Watson Public by 3.0% during the 1st quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 25,825 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $3,380,000 after buying an additional 745 shares during the period. Aperio Group LLC raised its stake in Willis Towers Watson Public by 101.0% during the 2nd quarter. Aperio Group LLC now owns 17,775 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $2,586,000 after buying an additional 8,930 shares during the period. Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado raised its stake in Willis Towers Watson Public by 20.2% during the 2nd quarter. Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado now owns 23,678 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $3,444,000 after buying an additional 3,984 shares during the period. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC raised its stake in Willis Towers Watson Public by 21.7% during the 2nd quarter. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC now owns 4,961 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $722,000 after buying an additional 886 shares during the period. Finally, Great West Life Assurance Co. Can raised its stake in Willis Towers Watson Public by 11.8% during the 2nd quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can now owns 693 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $100,000 after buying an additional 73 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 94.35% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (WLTW) opened at $161.95 on Monday. The company has a quick ratio of 1.97, a current ratio of 1.97 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.45. The stock has a market capitalization of $21,383.68, a PE ratio of 19.85, a P/E/G ratio of 1.93 and a beta of 0.90. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company has a 12-month low of $119.70 and a 12-month high of $165.00.

Willis Towers Watson Public (NASDAQ:WLTW) last released its 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 company had revenue of $1.82 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.84 billion. Willis Towers Watson Public had a net margin of 4.43% and a return on equity of 10.93%. Willis Towers Watson Public’s revenue was up 4.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $1.04 EPS. research analysts expect that Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company will post 8.41 EPS for the current year.

Several analysts recently commented on the company. Goldman Sachs Group assumed coverage on Willis Towers Watson Public in a research note on Monday. They set a “sell” rating on the stock. Citigroup dropped their price target on Willis Towers Watson Public from $174.00 to $173.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research note on Monday, August 7th. ValuEngine raised Willis Towers Watson Public from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, September 8th. Jefferies Group reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $176.00 price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson Public in a research note on Tuesday, September 5th. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded Willis Towers Watson Public from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 31st. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and fourteen have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Willis Towers Watson Public presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $157.57.

In related news, CFO Michael J. Burwell bought 3,100 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 6th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $160.10 per share, with a total value of $496,310.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 3,100 shares in the company, valued at $496,310. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, Director Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 320,000 shares of Willis Towers Watson Public stock in a transaction dated Thursday, November 9th. The shares were 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. In the last ninety days, insiders sold 2,447,295 shares of company stock worth $373,854,613. 6.70% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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About Willis Towers Watson Public

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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