Analyst Ratings for West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. (WST)

Updated: 2017-07-26

An average rating of Overweight has been given to West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. (NYSE:WST) by analysts covering the stock. A consensus rating of Overweight was previously issued for WST last month.

4 analysts declared WST a buy, 0 gave an overweight rating, 1 issued a hold rating, 0 issued an underweight rating, and 1 gave a sell rating. Today, there are 0 more analysts optimistic about the company future as compared with 90 days ago. During this time, the number of analysts bearish on the stock has increased by 0.

A number of analysts gave price targets for WST. The most optimistic analyst gave a price target of 115, implying a possible profit of 24.07 percent. The most pessimistic price target was 50, implying potential capital losses of -46.06 percent. Note that investment analysts can be biased in their reporting on companies's ratings and price targets.

Analysts have revised their earnings estimates upwards for this quarter, by about 0 percent on average, compared to last month. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is 0.78 percent. Over the past 30 days, FY earnings estimates have also changed downwards by -0.18 percent. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes 7.38 percent.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' revisions. 0 analysts have revised their quarterly estimates upwards in the past 30 days, which can be compared to the 0 analysts that decreased their estimates. Also over the last month, 0 analysts increased their estimates for the FY earnings, compared to 2 analysts that revised their FY estimates downwards.

WST has an estimated earnings growth rate of 9.89 percent as forecasted by analysts. The PEG ratio of a stock is another value frequently studied by investors. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, 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. WST has a PEG ratio of 3.85.

In the last 52-weeks, WST has achieved a high of 99.91 and a low of 70.17. Today's price is 32.09 percent above the 52-week low, and 7.23 percent lower than its 52-week high. WST has a price/earnings ratio of 38.12. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The WST value stock report compares WST to some of its peers using value stock charts. The market cap of WST is $6.95 billion. WST will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.