News stories about West Corporation (NASDAQ:WSTC) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. West Corporation earned a media sentiment score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the technology company an impact score of 46.295289323205 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

Shares of West Corporation (WSTC) traded up 0.13% during midday trading on Friday, hitting $23.51. 711,485 shares of the stock were exchanged. West Corporation has a 12 month low of $19.64 and a 12 month high of $28.57. The stock has a market cap of $1.97 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 9.30 and a beta of 1.59. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $23.36 and its 200-day moving average is $23.71.

West Corporation (NASDAQ:WSTC) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 3rd. The technology company reported $0.73 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.70 by $0.03. The firm had revenue of $574.39 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $579.40 million. West Corporation had a net margin of 9.39% and a negative return on equity of 59.08%. Equities research analysts predict that West Corporation will post $2.90 earnings per share for the current year.

Several research firms recently issued reports on WSTC. BidaskClub cut West Corporation from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Sunday, July 16th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of West Corporation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, July 13th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and six have issued a hold rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $24.88.

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In other news, insider Rodney J. Kempkes sold 3,382 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, July 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $23.35, for a total value of $78,969.70. Following the sale, the insider now owns 55,511 shares in the company, valued at $1,296,181.85. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, insider Rodney J. Kempkes sold 3,385 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, August 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $23.36, for a total transaction of $79,073.60. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 52,126 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,217,663.36. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 10,149 shares of company stock worth $236,742 in the last quarter. Company insiders own 4.60% of the company’s stock.

West Corporation Company Profile

West Corporation is a provider of communication and network infrastructure services. The Company helps its clients communicate, collaborate and connect with their audiences through a portfolio of solutions that include unified communications services, safety services, and interactive services, such as automated notifications, specialized agent services and telecom services.

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