NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Shares of Acura Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ACUR) have taken a tremendous swing upward. The stock is trading at $3.57 as of 2:01 p.m. ET, 20.6% above Thursday's closing price of $2.96. Volume is at 421,729, 4.4 times the daily average of 94,900.

Acura has a market cap of $132.8 million and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. Shares are down 10.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

Acura Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, engages in the research, development, and manufacture of pharmaceutical product candidates utilizing its proprietary Aversion and Impede technologies. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.5, above the average drugs industry P/E ratio of 16.3 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Acura as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good. You can view the full Acura Ratings Report.

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