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) -- Salix Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: SLXP) hit a new 52-week high Friday as it is currently trading at $60.35, above its previous 52-week high of $60.20 with 250,292 shares traded as of 12:20 p.m. ET. Average volume has been 528,200 shares over the past 30 days. Salix has a market cap of $3.65 billion and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. Shares are up 46.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. acquires, develops, and commercializes prescription drugs and medical devices used in the treatment of various gastrointestinal diseases in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 49.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.