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.

WST was given price targets by several analysts. The maximum price target given was 115, which equates to a potential upside of 24.07 percent. The minimum price target given was 50, which equates to a potential downside of -46.06 percent. Many analysts are not unbiased in their coverage of stocks, including price targets and stock ratings, so care must be taken in interpreting numbers released by them.

In the last 30 days, analysts have changed their quarterly earnings estimates upwards by an average of 0 percent. 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. 0 analysts have revised their quarterly estimates upwards in the past 30 days, 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.

WST has an estimated earnings growth rate of 9.89 percent as forecasted by analysts. Another measure frequently examined by investors is the PEG ratio. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. People often look for the PEG ratio to be under 1, 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.

WST has traded between a high of 99.91 and a low of 70.17 over the past year. 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 P/E 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 is estimated to release their earnings results for the quarter on 0000-00-00, days from today.