West Pharmaceutical Services Stock To Go Ex-dividend Monday (WST)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for West Pharmaceutical Services (NYSE: WST) is Monday, April 16, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 18 cents per share. At a price of $40.29 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.8%.

The average volume for West Pharmaceutical Services has been 104,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. West Pharmaceutical Services has a market cap of $1.36 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 6.7% 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 18.6, below the average health services industry P/E ratio of 18.7 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates West Pharmaceutical Services as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. You can view the full West Pharmaceutical Services Ratings Report.

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