How to buy Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company shares

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Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (WLTW) is a leading insurance brokers business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$257.46 after a previous close of US$257.5. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD256.32 to a high of USD259.76. The latest price was USD257.49 (25 minute delay). Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company is listed on the NASDAQ. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company

  1. Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a US company from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. If you're just starting out, look for a platform with low brokerage and foreign exchange fees.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: WLTW. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of US$259.73, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company share price

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Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-06-11.
OpenUS$257.46
HighUS$259.76
LowUS$256.32
CloseUS$257.49
Previous closeUS$257.5
Change US$-0.01
Change % -0.0039%
Volume 754,862
Information last updated 2021-06-09.
52-week rangeUS$177.6701 - US$271.1277
50-day moving average US$256.5483
200-day moving average US$228.003
Target priceUS$268.69
PE ratio 23.1417
Dividend yield US$2.81 (1.1%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$10.94

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Is it a good time to buy Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company stock?

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Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $257.49

1 week (2021-06-04) -0.86%
1 month (2021-05-14) -2.78%
3 months (2021-03-12) 15.59%
6 months (2020-12-14) 25.14%
1 year (2020-06-12) 37.86%
2 years (2019-06-14) 35.29%
3 years (2018-06-14) 65.02%
5 years (2016-06-14) 106.06%

Is Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company under- or over-valued?

Valuing Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company's P/E ratio

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 23x. In other words, Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company shares trade at around 23x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company's PEG ratio

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.8096. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company's EBITDA

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$2.4 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company financials

Revenue TTM US$9.5 billion
Operating margin TTM 18.92%
Gross profit TTM US$4.1 billion
Return on assets TTM 2.94%
Return on equity TTM 13.14%
Profit margin 15.03%
Book value 89.367
Market capitalisation US$32.7 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company shares

There are currently 5.7 million Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company shares held short by investors – that's known as Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company's "short interest". This figure is 15.5% down from 6.7 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company shares can be evaluated.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company shares traded daily (recently around 849992.78195489). Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company's SIR currently stands at 6.65. In other words for every 100,000 Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company shares traded daily on the market, roughly 6650 shares are currently held short.

However Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company shares, or, against the total number of tradable Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company's short interest could be expressed as 0.05% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company shares in existence, roughly 50 shares are currently held short) or 0.0583% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company shares, roughly 58 shares are currently held short).

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company.

Find out more about how you can short Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company stock.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 23.32

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company's overall score of 23.32 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 30th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company's environmental score

Environmental score: 0.35/100

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company's environmental score of 0.35 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company's social score

Social score: 10.6/100

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company's social score of 10.6 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company's governance score

Governance score: 9.56/100

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company's governance score puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 23.32
Total ESG percentile 29.68
Environmental score 0.35
Environmental score percentile 2
Social score 10.6
Social score percentile 2
Governance score 9.56
Governance score percentile 2
Level of controversy 2

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company share dividends

23%

Dividend payout ratio: 23.42% of net profits

Recently Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company has paid out, on average, around 23.42% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.12% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company shareholders could enjoy a 1.12% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company's case, that would currently equate to about $2.81 per share.

While Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company is investing more in its future growth.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company's most recent dividend payout was on 14 June 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 26 May 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company's shares ever split?

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company's shares were split on a 3775:10000 basis on 4 January 2016. So if you had owned 10000 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3775 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 164.9% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company shares which in turn could have impacted Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company's share price.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$177.6701 up to US$271.1277. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

WLTW.US volatility(beta: 0.82)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company's is 0.8158. This would suggest that Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company overview

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company operates as an advisory, broking, and solutions company worldwide. The company's Human Capital and Benefits segment offers 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. It also provides advice, data, software, and products to address clients' total rewards and talent issues. Its Corporate Risk and Broking segment offers risk advice, insurance brokerage, and consulting services in the areas of property and casualty, aerospace, construction, and marine. The company's Investment, Risk and Reinsurance segment offers investment consulting and discretionary management services to insurance and reinsurance companies; insurance consulting and technology, risk and capital management, pricing and predictive modeling, financial and regulatory reporting, financial and capital modeling, merger and acquisition, outsourcing, and business management services; wholesale insurance broking services to retail and wholesale brokers; and underwriting and capital management, capital market, and advisory and brokerage services. Its Benefits Delivery and Administration segment provides primary medical and ancillary benefit exchange, and outsourcing services to active employees and retirees in the group and individual markets. This segment delivers healthcare and reimbursement accounts, including health savings accounts, health reimbursement arrangements, flexible spending accounts, and other consumer-directed accounts. The company was formerly known as Willis Group Holdings Public Limited Company and changed its name to Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company in January 2016. Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company was founded in 1828 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.

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