News stories about West Corp (NASDAQ:WSTC) have trended positive on Friday, AlphaOne Sentiment reports. The research firm, a unit of Accern, identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. AlphaOne ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. West Corp earned a media sentiment score of 0.29 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also assigned headlines about the technology company an impact score of 46 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the headlines that may have impacted AlphaOne Sentiment’s scoring:

Several equities research analysts have recently issued reports on WSTC shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of West Corp from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 6th. Robert W. Baird cut West Corp from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and reduced their target price for the stock from $28.00 to $24.00 in a research report on Wednesday, May 10th. Deutsche Bank AG cut West Corp from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 10th. Wells Fargo & Co reissued a “market perform” rating and set a $23.50 price objective on shares of West Corp in a report on Wednesday, May 10th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada set a $26.00 price objective on West Corp and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Saturday, January 21st. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $24.88.

Shares of West Corp (NASDAQ:WSTC) remained flat at $23.11 during mid-day trading on Friday. The stock had a trading volume of 221,902 shares. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $24.32 and a 200-day moving average price of $24.34. The firm has a market capitalization of $1.93 billion, a P/E ratio of 9.67 and a beta of 1.66. West Corp has a 52-week low of $18.55 and a 52-week high of $28.57.

In other news, insider Rodney J. Kempkes sold 2,780 shares of West Corp stock in a transaction on Monday, February 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $24.41, for a total value of $67,859.80. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 60,367 shares in the company, valued at $1,473,558.47. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, insider Rodney J. Kempkes sold 3,257 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, April 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $25.43, for a total value of $82,825.51. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 63,889 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,624,697.27. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders sold 8,817 shares of company stock valued at $217,239. 4.60% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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West Corp Company Profile

West Corporation is a provider of communication and network infrastructure services. The Company helps its clients communicate, collaborate and connect with their audiences through a portfolio of solutions that include unified communications services, safety services, and interactive services, such as automated notifications, specialized agent services and telecom services.

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