NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Pharmaceutical Product Development (Nasdaq: PPDI) hit a new 52-week high Monday as it is currently trading at $33.12, above its previous 52-week high of $33.09 with 3.3 million shares traded as of four p.m. ET. Average volume has been 2.9 million shares over the past 30 days.

Pharmaceutical Product Development has a market cap of $3.7 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 21.8% 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 51.5, above the average health services industry P/E ratio of 22.5 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.
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TheStreet Ratings rates Pharmaceutical Product Development as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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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