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 highest price target was 115, implying a possible profit of 24.07 percent. The most pessimistic analyst gave a price target of 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.

In the last 30 days, analysts have changed their quarterly earnings estimates upwards by an average 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.

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. 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, although it is frequently more appropriate to compare PEG ratios to the company's peers. 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 stock has a market capitalization of $6.95 billion. WST will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.