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.

Several price targets were given for WLTW by the analysts covering the stock. The most optimistic price target was 176, implying a possible profit of 18.51 percent. The lowest price target was 121, implying potential capital losses of -18.52 percent. One must be careful with overanalyzing price targets and ratings due to possible conflicts of interest among the analysts releasing them.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change 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. On the other hand, earnings estimates for the fiscal year have been revised downwards by -0.35 percent, as compared to a month ago. 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 have revised their quarterly estimates upwards in the past 30 days, which can be compared to the 6 analysts that decreased their estimates. Over the same time period, 2 analysts revised their FY earnings estimates upwards, compared to 4 analysts that revised their FY estimates downwards.

Analysts estimate earnings of WLTW to grow at a rate of 121 percent. Another measure frequently examined by investors is the PEG ratio. Investors like to see smaller values for the PEG ratio, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. PEG ratios below 1 are often considered desirable, even though it may be more relevant to compare the ratio to that of a firm's competitors. The PEG ratio of WLTW is 0.32.

In the trailing 52-weeks, WLTW hit 150.47 at the highest peak, while it's lowest trading point was 112.76. Currently the stock is 31.7 percent higher than its low, 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's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.