Throughout December, Willis Towers Watson Public Limited reported a significant increase in the number of short positions held (NASDAQ: WTW). As of December 15, there was a total short interest of 2,090,000 shares, but as of December 30, there was a total short interest of 2,730,000 shares. This represents an increase of 30.6% from the total short interest of 2,090,000 shares as of December 15. At present, short sales constitute 2.5% of the total share capital held by the company. The days-to-cover ratio is currently at 4.7 days, based on an average daily volume of 583,200 shares changing hands. The ratio was calculated using this information.
On October 27, the most recent quarterly earnings report for Willis Towers Watson Public (NASDAQ: WTW) was made available to the public. The company reported earnings for the quarter to be $2.20 per share, which is $0.06 more than the consensus estimate of $2.14 per share among financial analysts. Willis Towers Watson Public did very well, as evidenced by the high net margin of 31.90% and the 13.67% return on equity it generated. But despite analysts’ expectations that it would bring in $1.99 billion in revenue during the quarter, the company could only bring in $1.95 billion in total during the period in question. The company generated earnings per share amounting to $1.73 during the same period the year before when compared to the previous year. Compared to the same quarter in the previous financial year, the company’s sales experienced a decrease of 1.0%. According to the projections made by equity analysts who research the company, Willis Towers Watson Public is expected to generate profits per share of 13.5 cents for the current fiscal year.
Willis Towers Watson’s share price was $251.29 when the market opened on Thursday, and it remained at that level throughout the day. The company has a market capitalization of $27.20 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 10.97, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.04, and a beta coefficient of 0.76. The price-to-earnings growth ratio indicates that the company’s earnings are expected to grow at a rate of 1.04. The company’s moving average price over the past two hundred days, which comes in at $220.71, and the moving average price over the last fifty days, which comes in at $244.00, are above $240. Over the previous twelve months, the price of a share of Willis Towers Watson Public has ranged from a high of $258.43 to a low of $187.89. The debt-to-equity ratio is calculated to be 0.45, the current ratio is calculated to be 1.79, and the quick ratio is also calculated to be 1.79.
The compilation of available materials in stock includes reports from several research analysts who have each contributed their report. Willis Towers Watson Public was moved from an “outperform” rating to a “strong-buy” rating by Credit Suisse Group in a research report published on Thursday, December 15. Additionally, the company increased its price target for Willis Towers Watson Public from $288.00 to $302.00. Willis Towers Watson Public was the topic of the first research report that StockNews.com released on its website on October 12; the report was titled “Willis Towers Watson Public Research Update.” They recommended that shareholders “hold” their shares of the company. The rating of “b+” that was given to Willis Towers Watson Public by TheStreet in a research note published on Monday, December 12, was an improvement over the previous rating of “c+” given to the company. In a research note published on Wednesday, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods raised their recommendation for the company to “market perform” to “outperform” and set a price objective of $303.00 for the stock.
Last but not least, in a research note released on November 22, Morgan Stanley lowered their “equal weight” rating on Willis Towers Watson Public shares and decreased their price objective on those shares from $242.00 down to $240.00. Both of these changes were made to the company’s stock. There is one research analyst who recommends selling the stock, four research analysts who think it is a good investment to buy the stock, four research analysts who think it is a good investment to hold the stock, and one research analyst who thinks it is a good investment to strongly buy the stock. According to the information provided by Bloomberg, the company is currently rated as having a “Hold” status, and it has an established price objective of $264.40.
In addition, the business announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid out on January 17 and distributed the following day, January 17. On the evening of Saturday, December 31, 2018, $0.82 dividend payments per share were distributed to stockholders who still held their shares. On December 29, the dividend payment, which was initially subject to certain deductions, finally got underway. This translates to a yield of 1.31% and a dividend payment of $3.28 yearly for each shareholder. According to their most recent financial report, Willis Towers Watson has a payout ratio of 14.32%.
On November 9, director Brendan R. Oneill made a transaction that sold 6,520 shares of the company’s stock. Wednesday was the day that the transaction took place. A total of 1,470,260.00 dollars’ worth of the company’s stock was sold at an average price of $225.50 per share, leading to sales of a total of 1,470,260.00 dollars. Following the deal’s conclusion, the director acquired 7,488 company shares with a total value of approximately $1,688,544. If you follow this link, you will be taken to a file submitted to the SEC, which will provide you with additional information regarding the sale. According to additional news regarding the company, on Monday, October 31, Anne Donovan Bodnar, considered an insider of Willis Towers Watson Public, sold 2,000 shares of the company’s stock. The price per share obtained for each of the shares was an average of $218.34, resulting in a total sale volume of 436,680.00 dollars. Following the completion of the transaction, the company insider now owns 10,727 shares of the company, the total value of which is approximately $2,342,133.18. If you follow the link, which will take you to