NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for West Pharmaceutical Services (NYSE: WST) is Monday, October 17, 2011. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 18 cents per share. At a price of $38.28 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.9%. The average volume for West Pharmaceutical Services has been 195,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. West Pharmaceutical Services has a market cap of $1.3 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are down 8% 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 20.9, 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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