Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model. NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Forest Laboratories (NYSE: FRX) is trading at unusually high volume Friday with 7.3 million shares changing hands. It is currently at 3.8 times its average daily volume and trading up 88 cents (+2.5%) at $35.46 as of 4 p.m. ET.
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Forest has a market cap of $8.99 billion and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. Shares are up 11.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Forest Laboratories, Inc. develops, manufactures, and sells branded forms of ethical drug products primarily in the United States and Europe. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. TheStreet Ratings rates Forest as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. You can view the full Forest Ratings Report. See all heavy volume stocks in our stocks moving on unusual volume list or get investment ideas from our investment research center. Holiday Special: Subscribe to Action Alerts PLUS to see how Jim Cramer trades his $2.5 Million+ portfolio for 51% off the list price. Your first 14-days are FREE: Sign up today to get e-mail alerts before every trade.