Shares of West Pharmaceutical Services Inc.
inched 0.10% higher to $452.49 Wednesday, on what proved to be an all-around positive trading session for the stock market, with the S&P 500 Index
rising 0.85% to 4,480.70 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average
rising 0.68% to 34,814.39. This was the stock's second consecutive day of gains. West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. closed $22.86 short of its 52-week high ($475.35), which the company achieved on September 9th.
The stock underperformed when compared to some of its competitors Wednesday, as Johnson & Johnson
rose 0.38% to $165.42, Medtronic PLC
rose 0.82% to $131.65, and Stryker Corp.
rose 0.67% to $277.10. Trading volume (263,450) remained 56,974 below its 50-day average volume of 320,424.