NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for West Pharmaceutical Services (NYSE: WST) is Monday, July 18, 2011. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 17 cents per share. At a price of $45.85 as of 9:32 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.5%.

The average volume for West Pharmaceutical Services has been 113,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. West Pharmaceutical Services has a market cap of $1.5 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 10% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. manufactures and sells components and systems for injectable drug delivery and plastic packaging, and delivery system components for the pharmaceutical, healthcare, and consumer products industries. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.5, equal to the average health services industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.
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TheStreet Ratings rates West Pharmaceutical Services as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full West Pharmaceutical Services Ratings Report.

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