Analysts forecast that West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. (NYSE:WST) will report sales of $415.53 million for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks reports. Three analysts have made estimates for West Pharmaceutical Services’ earnings. The lowest sales estimate is $411.50 million and the highest is $418.00 million. West Pharmaceutical Services reported sales of $382.30 million in the same quarter last year, which indicates a positive year over year growth rate of 8.7%. The company is expected to issue its next quarterly earnings report on Thursday, February 15th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that West Pharmaceutical Services will report full-year sales of $415.53 million for the current fiscal year. For the next fiscal year, analysts anticipate that the firm will post sales of $1.73 billion per share, with estimates ranging from $1.71 billion to $1.74 billion. Zacks Investment Research’s sales calculations are an average based on a survey of research analysts that that provide coverage for West Pharmaceutical Services.

West Pharmaceutical Services (NYSE:WST) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The medical instruments supplier reported $0.67 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.53 by $0.14. West Pharmaceutical Services had a return on equity of 14.47% and a net margin of 12.12%. The business had revenue of $398.20 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $386.02 million. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.53 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.7% compared to the same quarter last year.

Several research analysts have recently commented on WST shares. Stephens started coverage on West Pharmaceutical Services in a research report on Tuesday, October 3rd. They issued an “equal weight” rating and a $99.00 price target for the company. BidaskClub lowered West Pharmaceutical Services from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 27th. Zacks Investment Research raised West Pharmaceutical Services from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, September 27th. Wells Fargo & Company boosted their price target on West Pharmaceutical Services from $105.00 to $112.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Friday, October 27th. Finally, Bank of America Corporation lowered West Pharmaceutical Services from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $98.00 price target for the company. in a research report on Tuesday, October 17th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $106.00.

Shares of West Pharmaceutical Services (NYSE WST) traded down $0.02 during mid-day trading on Tuesday, hitting $101.63. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 269,400 shares, compared to its average volume of 366,841. West Pharmaceutical Services has a twelve month low of $76.87 and a twelve month high of $103.36. The stock has a market cap of $7,547.81, a PE ratio of 43.81, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.17 and a beta of 1.14. The company has a quick ratio of 1.87, a current ratio of 2.59 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.15.

A number of institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. grew its stake in West Pharmaceutical Services by 3.3% during the 3rd quarter. Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. now owns 35,936 shares of the medical instruments supplier’s stock valued at $3,460,000 after purchasing an additional 1,156 shares during the last quarter. Private Advisor Group LLC purchased a new stake in West Pharmaceutical Services during the 3rd quarter valued at about $202,000. BB&T Investment Services Inc. purchased a new stake in West Pharmaceutical Services during the 3rd quarter valued at about $417,000. Pier Capital LLC grew its stake in West Pharmaceutical Services by 1.5% during the 3rd quarter. Pier Capital LLC now owns 61,782 shares of the medical instruments supplier’s stock valued at $5,947,000 after purchasing an additional 917 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Stifel Financial Corp grew its stake in West Pharmaceutical Services by 10.1% during the 3rd quarter. Stifel Financial Corp now owns 22,270 shares of the medical instruments supplier’s stock valued at $2,142,000 after purchasing an additional 2,047 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 91.02% of the company’s stock.

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West Pharmaceutical Services Company Profile

West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc is a manufacturer of packaging components and delivery systems for injectable drugs and healthcare products. The Company’s products include vial containment solutions, prefillable systems, self-injection platforms, cartridge systems and components, reconstitution and transfer systems, intradermal delivery solutions, specialty components, and contract manufacturing and analytical services.

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