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.

Several price targets were given for WST by the analysts covering the stock. The maximum price target given was 115, implying a possible profit of 24.07 percent. The minimum price target given was 50, implying a possible loss of -46.06 percent. Some investors take price targets and stock ratings with a grain of salt, knowing that some analysts can have indirect business with the stocks they cover.

Analysts have revised their earnings estimates upwards for this quarter, by about 0 percent on average, compared to last month. That number becomes 0.78 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised downwards by -0.18 percent, compared to last month. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of 7.38 percent in FY estimates.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' revisions. Over the past month, 0 analysts increased their quarterly estimates, while 0 analysts revised their estimates downwards. Over the same time period, 0 analysts revised their FY earnings estimates upwards, while 2 analysts decreased their estimates.

The growth rate of WST's earnings is estimated by analysts to be 9.89 percent. People on Wall Street often look at a company's PEG ratio. Smaller PEG ratios are desirable, because that is often interpreted as the company being fairly priced relative to its growth rate. Wall Street investors typically prefer a PEG ratio to be smaller than 1, even though it may be more relevant to compare the ratio to that of a firm's competitors. The PEG ratio of WST is 3.85.

WST has a 52-week high of 99.91 and a 52-week low of 70.17. The current market price is above the trailing year's low by 32.09 percent, and 7.23 percent below the 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 stock has a market capitalization of $6.95 billion. WST is estimated to release their earnings results for the quarter on 0000-00-00, days from today.