Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 1/17/14, West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. (WST) will trade ex-dividend, for its quarterly dividend of $0.10, payable on 2/5/14. As a percentage of WST's recent stock price of $50.54, this dividend works out to approximately 0.20%.
Below is a dividend history chart for WST, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent $0.10 declared by West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.:
In general, dividends are not always predictable; but looking at the history above can help in judging whether the most recent dividend from WST is likely to continue, and whether the current estimated yield of 0.79% on annualized basis is a reasonable expectation of annual yield going forward. The chart below shows the one year performance of WST shares, versus its 200 day moving average:Looking at the chart above, WST's low point in its 52 week range is $27.31 per share, with $50.66 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $50.45.
According to the ETF Finder at ETF Channel, WST makes up 4.39% of the S&P SmallCap Health Care Portfolio ETF (PSCH) which is trading higher by about 0.5% on the day Wednesday. In Wednesday trading, West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. shares are currently up about 0.6% on the day.