West Corp. (NASDAQ:WSTC) was up 2% on Wednesday . The stock traded as high as $21.80 and last traded at $21.66, with a volume of 196,353 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $21.24.

Several equities research analysts recently weighed in on WSTC shares. Barclays PLC downgraded shares of West Corp. from an “equal weight” rating to an “underweight” rating and reduced their price target for the company from $22.00 to $21.00 in a research report on Wednesday, March 16th. TheStreet raised shares of West Corp. from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, March 21st. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. downgraded shares of West Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $35.00 target price for the company. in a research report on Monday, March 28th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of West Corp. from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $26.00 target price for the company in a research report on Wednesday, April 6th. Finally, Morgan Stanley downgraded shares of West Corp. from an “equal weight” rating to an “underweight” rating and cut their target price for the stock from $25.00 to $22.00 in a research report on Thursday, April 7th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $25.40.

The firm has a market cap of $1.79 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 8.92. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $20.85 and a 200 day moving average of $21.11.

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

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

Several large investors have made changes to their positions in WSTC. Jennison Associates LLC boosted its stake in shares of West Corp. by 33.0% in the fourth quarter. Jennison Associates LLC now owns 2,451,679 shares of the company’s stock valued at $52,883,000 after buying an additional 608,923 shares during the last quarter. Eagle Asset Management boosted its stake in West Corp. by 99.2% in the third quarter. Eagle Asset Management now owns 1,061,186 shares of the company’s stock worth $23,770,000 after buying an additional 528,558 shares during the last quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN boosted its stake in West Corp. by 16.6% in the fourth quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 720,247 shares of the company’s stock worth $15,536,000 after buying an additional 102,535 shares during the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its stake in West Corp. by 6.0% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 921,111 shares of the company’s stock worth $19,870,000 after buying an additional 52,510 shares during the last quarter. Finally, GSA Capital Partners LLP boosted its stake in West Corp. by 42.7% in the fourth quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP now owns 77,009 shares of the company’s stock worth $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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