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West Pharmaceutical Services (NYSE:WST) VP Michael A. Anderson sold 9,800 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 19th. The stock was sold at an average price of $43.41, for a total transaction of $425,418.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now directly owns 70,713 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,069,651. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, 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.

West Pharmaceutical Services (NYSE:WST) traded up 0.25% on Thursday, hitting $44.05. The stock had a trading volume of 415,934 shares. West Pharmaceutical Services has a 1-year low of $36.77 and a 1-year high of $51.12. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $41.21 and a 200-day moving average of $43.32. The company has a market cap of $3.117 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.77.

West Pharmaceutical Services (NYSE:WST) last released its earnings data 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. On average, analysts predict that West Pharmaceutical Services will post $1.84 earnings per share 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 1.00%.

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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