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West Pharmaceutical Services (NYSE:WST) Insider Heino Lennartz sold 11,445 shares of the stock on the open market in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $40.00, for a total transaction of $457,800.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 23,974 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $958,960. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link.

Separately, analysts at Jefferies Group reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of West Pharmaceutical Services in a research note on Tuesday, August 5th. They now have a $45.00 price target on the stock, down previously from $47.00.

Shares of West Pharmaceutical Services (NYSE:WST) traded down 1.35% during mid-day trading on Tuesday, hitting $39.40. The stock had a trading volume of 73,396 shares. West Pharmaceutical Services has a 1-year low of $36.77 and a 1-year high of $51.12. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $41.23 and its 200-day moving average is $43.63. The company has a market cap of $2.788 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 25.25.

West Pharmaceutical Services (NYSE:WST) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 31st. The company reported $0.52 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the analysts’ consensus estimate of $0.47 by $0.05. The company had revenue of $368.90 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $368.60 million. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.86 earnings per share. West Pharmaceutical Services’s revenue was up 7.1% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts expect that West Pharmaceutical Services will post $1.84 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which is scheduled for Wednesday, November 5th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, October 22nd will be given a dividend of $0.11 per share. This represents a $0.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.10%.

West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc (NYSE:WST) is a manufacturer of components and systems for the packaging and delivery of injectable drugs, as well as delivery system components for the pharmaceutical, healthcare and consumer products industries.

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