NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Shares of Pharmaceutical Product Development (Nasdaq: PPDI) have taken a tremendous swing upward. The stock is trading at $32.22 as of 10:06 a.m. ET, 25.6% above Friday's closing price of $25.66. Volume is at 5.7 million, 3.7 times the daily average of 1.5 million.

Pharmaceutical Product Development has a market cap of $3 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are down 5.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

Pharmaceutical Product Development, Inc., a contract research organization, provides drug discovery, development, and lifecycle management services. It operates in two segments, Clinical Development Services and Laboratory Services. The company has a P/E ratio of 41.6, above the average health services industry P/E ratio of 18.2 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pharmaceutical Product Development as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Pharmaceutical Product Development Ratings Report.

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