West Corp. (NASDAQ:WSTC)’s share price traded up 2.5% during mid-day trading on Thursday . The stock traded as high as $19.79 and last traded at $19.78, with a volume of 146,828 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $19.29.

Several equities analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded West Corp. from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $26.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, April 6th. William Blair reissued a “buy” rating on shares of West Corp. in a report on Friday, May 6th. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. downgraded West Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $35.00 price objective on the stock. in a report on Monday, March 28th. Morgan Stanley downgraded West Corp. from an “equal weight” rating to an “underweight” rating and cut their price objective for the company from $25.00 to $22.00 in a report on Thursday, April 7th. Finally, TheStreet raised West Corp. from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, March 21st. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $25.40.

The company has a market cap of $1.66 billion and a PE ratio of 8.28. The company has a 50-day moving average of $20.83 and a 200 day moving average of $21.12.

West Corp. (NASDAQ:WSTC) last posted its earnings results on Monday, May 2nd. The company reported $0.75 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.71 by $0.04. The company had revenue of $570.80 million for the quarter. West Corp.’s quarterly revenue was up .9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $1.16 EPS. On average, analysts anticipate that West Corp. will post $3.03 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In related news, CEO Thomas B. Barker bought 25,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, May 31st. The shares were purchased at an average price of $21.09 per share, for a total transaction of $527,250.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 1,392,254 shares in the company, valued at approximately $29,362,636.86. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, insider Scott Etzler sold 10,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, May 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $21.15, for a total value of $211,500.00. Following the sale, the insider now owns 123,560 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,613,294. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several large investors recently bought and sold shares of WSTC. Nationwide Fund Advisors increased its stake in West Corp. by 0.6% in the fourth quarter. Nationwide Fund Advisors now owns 58,811 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,269,000 after buying an additional 354 shares in the last quarter. Swiss National Bank increased its stake in West Corp. by 9.9% in the fourth quarter. Swiss National Bank now owns 60,330 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,301,000 after buying an additional 5,430 shares in the last quarter. Rhumbline Advisers increased its stake in West Corp. by 3.6% in the fourth quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 66,518 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,435,000 after buying an additional 2,335 shares in the last quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund increased its stake in West Corp. by 2.4% in the fourth quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund now owns 67,863 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,464,000 after buying an additional 1,618 shares in the last quarter. Finally, GSA Capital Partners LLP boosted its position in West Corp. by 42.7% in the fourth quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP now owns 77,009 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,661,000 after buying an additional 23,039 shares during the last quarter.

West Corporation (West) is a provider of technology-enabled communication services. The Company offers a range of communication and network infrastructure solutions that helps to manage or support communications. The Company operates in two segments: Unified Communications, including conferencing and collaboration, Internet protocol (IP) communications and interactive services, and Communication Services, including safety services, telecom services and specialized agent services.

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