What’s happening at West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. (NYSE:WST)? What made the stock one of the top performing stock today? The company is indeed among the top gainers of the stock market, skyrocketing 10.17% (or 17.30 points) to $187.42 from its previous close of $170.12. So is it the right moment to buy?
The shares had an increased trading volume of 981,956 contracts this session compared to the average daily volume of last 10 days of 410,287 contracts and they had an increased trading volume compared to the average daily volume of last 3 months of 509,179 contracts.
The indicator of a company’s profitability, the earnings per share ratio is 3.21. This value shows how much money a company makes for each share of its stock. A higher EPS indicates more value because investors will pay more for a company with higher profits. This is positive and tells you exactly how much money the company earned per share of its 73.8M outstanding stocks.
The closing market price for this trading session was 65.80% over 52 weeks minimum price of $113.04 and 1.50% under 52 weeks maximum price of $190.27. Also the price is 23.79% greater than 200 day average of $151.40 and 23.77% greater than 50 day average of $151.43.
At post-market close the stock price was $187.50, thus increasing a further 0.04% (or 0.08 points) with respect to regular market close.
Looking at the trading signals for West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. over last 6 months of daily time series of prices, the two-week relative strength index (RSI), a momentum indicator that measures the size of recent changes of price to evaluate overbought or oversold conditions, stands at 69.70. According to standard usage, it’s value between 30 and 70 suggests that WST stock is currently neutral, and shares are stable in terms of price movement. The stochastic oscillator reading, another momentum indicator of overbought and oversold conditions, stands at 92.97. According to standard usage, it’s value greater than 80 is considered in the overbought range. But let’s keep in mind that even stochastic readings very close to thresholds are not indicative of imminent reversal. In fact very strong trends can maintain overbought or oversold conditions for an extended period, but changes in the stochastic oscillator might suggest future trend shifts.
Another important signal comes from the Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD), a trend-following momentum indicator. It helps investors understand whether the bullish or bearish movement in the price is strengthening or weakening. Traders keep constatly an eye on the move of the MACD above or below the zero line due to the fact that the reading is an indicator of the position of the 12-period Exponential Moving Average (EMA) relative to the 26-period EMA. It currently stands at 6.92. The MACD is above the zero line, which means that the short-term average value of WST is above that of the long-term average, thus implying an upward momentum. Besides, its signal, given by nine-day EMA of the MACD, stands at 4.73. According to standard usage, this is a bullish signal, which suggests that the price of WST asset is likely to experience upward momentum.
Latest news that might have contributed to the great perfomance of WST today are:
- West Pharmaceutical Services (WST) Q1 Earnings and Revenues Beat Estimates, published on Thu, 23 Apr 2020 11:30:11 +0000
- West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. to Host Earnings Call, published on Thu, 23 Apr 2020 11:00:00 +0000
- West Announces First-Quarter 2020 Results, published on Thu, 23 Apr 2020 10:00:00 +0000