WST stock: buy or sell?

WST stock price: $145.86 -0.05% At close on August 22nd, 2019

Updated on:
August 22nd, 2019


West Pharmaceutical Services closed today at $145.86 after marking a new all time high ($147.19) even it couldn't close with gains and remained steady a tight -0.05%.

West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. manufactures and sells packaging components and delivery systems for injectable drugs and healthcare products in the United States, Germany, France, Other European countries, and internationally.

Should I buy WST stock?

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Currently, 2 buy setups match with West Pharmaceutical Services stock now:

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highYes
New 52 week highYes
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo

Is West Pharmaceutical Services stock a buy?

Banks and financial institutions post stock ratings everyday. At, we collected 2 ratings published for WST stock in the last 30 days.

Is WST a good stock to buy?
DateAnalyst / BrokerPrevious ratingCurrent rating
2019-7-26Bank of AmericaUnderperformNeutral
2019-5-1Jefferies Financial GroupBuyHold

WST stock analysis

Daily outlook

Despite of the negative close ($145.86, -0.05%), West Pharmaceutical Services topped new all time high at $147.19.

Shares of West Pharmaceutical Services closed today at $145.86 after marking a new all time high ($147.19) even it couldn't close with gains and remained constant a tight -0.05%. Since SMA100d and SMA200d crossed up on June, WST price climbed $27.92 per share (23.67%). On June WST price bounced up over the SMA of 50 days demonstrating to be a significant support for this stock.

WST stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

West Pharmaceutical Services ended this week at $145.86 after marking a new all time high ($147.19) and stepped up a tiny 0.55%. This week was the 3rd green week in a row. Early August WST boosted an outstanding 5.81% in just one week.

WST shows a strong mid-term uptrend with several rising tops and rising bottoms. Since its last bottom late July, WST climbed unceasignly breaking out to new all time highs. Late May, SMA20w and SMA40w crossed up triggering a rise of 25.58%. Since late March when WST stock price broke up the SMA40w line, it gained $42.45 (41.05%).

WST stock chart (weekly)

WST stock price history

WST IPO was on January 2nd, 2018 at $98.05 per share1. Since then, WST stock grew a 48.80%, with a yearly average of 48.80%. If you had invested right after WST's IPO a $1,000 in WST stock in 2018, it would worth $488.00 today.

1: Adjusted price after possible price splits or reverse-splits.

WST stock historical price chart

WST stock reached all-time highs today with a price of $147.19.

WST stock price target

Nobody can reliably foresee how stock prices may evolve in the future. However, banks and other financial institutions analysts, with the help of lots of data and algorithms do their best to predict the stock prices movement. We do not recommend to follow these stock price predictions without a critical thinking from your side, as their accuracy is usually low. For the last 30 days we have not found any price prediction for West Pharmaceutical Services stock by any trusted analyst.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

On February, West Pharmaceutical Services presented its financial report, close to analysts' consensus and posted a $0.73 Earnings per Share. As soon as we get its posted EPS from the earnings report, we will update this review.
WST earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise

Annual financial results

In 2018, West Pharmaceutical Services annual revenues rose a very good 7.40% to $1,717.40 million dollars from $1,599.10 marked in 2017. In line, its income margin (compared to sales) appreciated to 12.05%, that is $206.90 million.

WST annual Sales and Income evolution
2013$1,370 M-$112 M8.2%-
2014$1,421 M3.75%$127 M8.9%13.18%
2015$1,400 M-1.52%$96 M6.8%-24.78%
2016$1,509 M7.81%$144 M9.5%50.21%
2017$1,599 M5.96%$151 M9.4%4.94%
2018$1,717 M7.40%$207 M12.0%37.29%

Quarterly financial results

West Pharmaceutical Services posted $422.50 million in sales for 2018-Q4, a -2.13% decline compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter income marked $52.00 M with a profit margin of 12.31%. Profit margin remained constant a -0.48% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 12.79%. When comparing turnover to same quarter last year, West Pharmaceutical Services sales marked a slightly good growth and inched a 1.66%. Looking back to recent quarterly results, West Pharmaceutical Services posted 2 negative quarters in a row.
WST quarterly Sales and Income evolution
2017-Q2$398 M-$39 M9.8%-
2017-Q3$399 M0.23%$51 M12.8%31.44%
2017-Q4$416 M4.24%$0 M0.0%-100.00%
2018-Q1$416 M0.02%$44 M10.5%0.00%
2018-Q2$448 M7.65%$56 M12.5%28.67%
2018-Q3$432 M-3.53%$55 M12.8%-1.60%
2018-Q4$423 M-2.13%$52 M12.3%-5.80%
2019-Q1$444 M4.97%$55 M12.5%6.54%

West Pharmaceutical Services ownership

When you are planning to invest in shares of a stock, it's worth to overview its ownership structure.

West Pharmaceutical Services shares owned by insiders (that is, founders, CEO, CTO, main executives or other management staff) currently counts a 0.96% of all shares.

Bearish positions for WST stock account 0.00%, no big difference from last month.

The following table compares ownership indicators for other stocks related to West Pharmaceutical Services:

Market cap$10.7 B$538.3 M$44.5 B$68.8 B$3.4 B
Total shares73.5 M162.6 M510.2 M269.7 M20.6 M
Float shares73.1 M140.2 M509.5 M269.1 M19.2 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)95.2%42.3%88.2%87.5%93.5%
  - Insider holdings (%)1.0%7.3%0.1%0.3%7.1%
Shares in short selling0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%

WST summary

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019
Day range$144.98 - $147.19
Previous close$145.93
Session gain-0.05%
Average true range$2.70
50d mov avg$130.28
100d mov avg$123.64
200d mov avg$113.89
Daily pattern
Weekly pattern lb03c

West Pharmaceutical Services performance

To measure stock performance is always good to benchmark with competitors or related stocks. In the following table, we compare West Pharmaceutical Services to Antares Pharma, Baxter International, Becton, Dickinson and, ICU Medical, , Medtronic, Stryker and Teleflex:
WSTWest Pharmaceutic...25.58%40.22%25.51%
ATRSAntares Pharma12.97%2.80%-9.07%
BAXBaxter Internatio...16.45%17.41%21.84%
BDXBecton, Dickinson...8.85%2.86%1.17%
ICUIICU Medical-26.91%-34.01%-45.74%

West Pharmaceutical Services competitors

One check before investing in any stock is to review a list of its competitors, in this case for West Pharmaceutical Services. We chose 8 companies as West Pharmaceutical Services competitors as they are in the same industry or have similar market objectives.