Shares of West Pharmaceutical Services Inc.
inched 0.45% higher to $345.33 Friday, on what proved to be an all-around positive trading session for the stock market, with the S&P 500 Index
rising 0.19% to 4,247.44 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average
rising 0.04% to 34,479.60. This was the stock's third consecutive day of gains. West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. closed $3.96 below its 52-week high ($349.29), which the company reached on June 1st.
The stock outperformed some of its competitors Friday, as Johnson & Johnson
fell 1.27% to $164.96, Medtronic PLC
fell 0.77% to $123.78, and Stryker Corp.
fell 0.34% to $255.79. Trading volume (218,808) remained 171,095 below its 50-day average volume of 389,903.