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.

Many analysts weighed in on price targets for WST. The highest price target was 115, implying potential capital gains of 24.07 percent. The lowest price target was 50, which equates to a potential downside of -46.06 percent. One must be careful with overanalyzing price targets and ratings due to possible conflicts of interest among the analysts releasing them.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change of 0 percent. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is 0.78 percent. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised downwards by -0.18 percent, compared to last month. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes 7.38 percent.

People are often interested in whether analysts were united in the direction of their revisions. Over the past month, 0 analysts increased their quarterly estimates, while 0 analysts made negative revisions. During this time, 0 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, while 2 analysts made negative revisions to their fiscal year's estimates.

The growth rate of WST's earnings is estimated by analysts to be 9.89 percent. Another measure frequently examined by investors is the PEG ratio. Smaller PEG ratios are desirable, as that can indicate whether the high price level of a stock is warranted by high growth. Wall Street investors typically prefer a PEG ratio to be smaller than 1, though it could be better to see where the ratio stands relative to peers in the industry. The PEG ratio of WST is 3.85.

WST has traded between a high of 99.91 and a low of 70.17 over the past year. Currently the stock is 32.09 percent higher than its low, and below the high by 7.23 percent. 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.