West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. (WST) saw an uptrend of 1.49% in the recent, registering $277.66 being its most recent bid. The distance of current price level is -8.96% lower than the highest price of $305.00 marked by the stock while trading over the past 52-weeks, whereas it is 122.97% higher than the lowest price of $124.53 the company dropped to over past 52-weeks. The latest news story on WST appeared in Zacks under the title “Grab 3 Dental Stocks More Than Doubling Industry Gains for 2021” on Dec-16-20.
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Squeezing the time span to 30 day period shows us the stock currently buoying -3.54% below one month high and is +6.86% above of the lowest during that time. Looking into the simple moving average, West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. (WST)’s stock is currently standing at a SMA-50 of $280.10 while that of 5-day is reading $270.19.
Daily rise and fall of price influence many of the traders, and in order to overcome the fluctuating effect of that and to watch the stock closely, traders focus more on stock’s 200-day moving average. At various points in trading activity, investors are more likely to be making use of that measure as a strong indicator in figuring out their support and resistance levels, and WST’s SMA-200 at this time is reading $237.15.
Coming around sales and income figures, publically trading companies under normal circumstances post earnings and revenues near to average estimates by the Wall Street analysts, but those could came either above or below estimates and known as surprise factor. West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. (WST) releasing its most recent results for the quarter ended 9/29/2020 posted a surprise factor of 15.00% for net revenue. During the reported three-month period, company’s sales were $548.3 billion while analysts on average were estimating the same to be $543.76 million.
Looking into the perspective of West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. (NYSE:WST)’s current quarter earnings identifies that analysts are in consensus over the estimate of 1 for stock’s EPS in the current quarter. 6 analysts covering the stock at Wall Street were agreed upon that EPS consensus. Company’s EPS for the last quarter was 1.15.
Investors get the exact data about the key information of institutional ownership in a listed company through its 13F filings at the Stock Exchange Commission (SEC). Institutions currently hold 73.90 million of WST’s outstanding shares. That indicates a holding of about 94.50% or $237954.62 of worth by institutional holders in the company.
As on Sep 29, 2020, Vanguard Group, Inc. (The) was the top most holder in West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. (NYSE:WST) with an ownership of 8.61 million shares of the company or 11.64% of the stake worth $2.37 billion. The filing also reveals Blackrock Inc. as the second largest holder in the company with a control over 9.39% of the stake or worth of $1.91 billion for having 6.94 million shares in hand.
Price (T.Rowe) Associates Inc also came increasing its position in the company during the recent quarter and it now holds 6.02% of the outstanding shares. With this there are now 857 institutions which have been in possession of WST’s shares.
Investors are for sure keenly observing the recommendations of analysts at Wall Street about the West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. And review of current evaluations agreed by the analysts discloses a Buy rating for WST. The simple numeric range of brokerage firm referenced at the scale of 1 to 5 reads a current average recommendation of 2.00 for the stock. Lower value of between 1 and 2 implies a Buy recommendation whereas the value in the range of above 4 suggests Hold while below 1 recommends the investors to Sell the stock. Currently, the stock has been recommended as Moderate Buy by 7 of the Wall Street analysts.
The liquidity is a key characteristic of any stock and is the main point of focus of both short-term as well as long term investors before start trading into a stock. In recently reported quarter, liquidity recorded by West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. was 3.10 while posting a debt to equity ratio of 0.15. The count was 20.18 for long-term debt to equity ratio.
Company attained a return on equity (ROE) of 19.50% in past 12 months against the same posted by peer companies of the relevant industry. The rising figure indicates that WST came strengthening itself from within over the past one year. A comparison of company’s ROE with that of the Medical Instruments & Supplies industry and with the broader scale at the Healthcare sector level shows that industry’s average ROE is 0.04.
To comprehend better with the trade moves and investors’ behavior, exploring the short, medium and long term average volume of a stock is an effective way to make use of. When looking into those indicators for West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. (WST), we notice that the stock’s 20-day average volume is at 483,960 shares. Medium term indicators at an average of 50% are spotting the stock at Buy with its 50-day average volume of 415,182 shares. And to end with, WST’s 100-day average volume are 457,903 shares with 100% of the long-term indicators pointing towards Buy for the stock.