Analyst Ratings for Willis Towers Watson PLC (WLTW)

Updated: 2017-07-27

Analysts covering Willis Towers Watson PLC (NASDAQ:WLTW) have given it a consensus rating of Overweight. WLTW had previously received a consensus rating of Overweight a month ago.

22 analysts issued ratings on the stock, where 11 gave WLTW a buy rating, 2 issued an overweight rating, 6 gave a hold rating, 0 gave an underweight rating, and 3 issued a sell rating. Compared to three months ago, there has been an decrease of 2 in the number of analysts with a positive outlook on the stock. Meanwhile, the number of analysts pessimistic about the company has increased by 0.

Many analysts weighed in on price targets for WLTW. The maximum price target given was 176, which equates to a potential upside of 18.51 percent. The most pessimistic price target was 121, implying potential capital losses of -18.52 percent. It is advisable to not rely only on price targets or ratings, as these can be biased for some stocks.

In the last 30 days, analysts have changed their quarterly earnings estimates downwards by an average of -2.89 percent. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is -13.22 percent. Over the past 30 days, FY earnings estimates have also changed downwards by -0.35 percent. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of 0.59 percent in FY estimates.

Investors like to see analysts making revisions in the same direction, as that raises confidence in the revisions. 2 analysts made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, while 6 analysts made negative revisions. Also over the last month, 2 analysts increased their estimates for the FY earnings, compared to 4 analysts that revised their FY estimates downwards.

The growth rate of WLTW's earnings is estimated by analysts to be 121 percent. People on Wall Street often look at a company's PEG ratio. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, because that is often interpreted as the company being fairly priced relative to its growth rate. Wall Street investors typically prefer a PEG ratio to be smaller than 1, but many choose to perform ratio comparisons with other companies in the industry. WLTW has a PEG ratio of 0.32.

In the trailing 52-weeks, WLTW hit 150.47 at the highest peak, while it's lowest trading point was 112.76. The current market price is above the trailing year's low by 31.7 percent, and 1.3 percent lower than its 52-week high. WLTW has a P/E ratio of 39.05. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The WLTW value stock report compares WLTW to some of its peers using value stock charts. The market cap of WLTW is $20.26 billion. WLTW will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.