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7. McGraw-Hill (MHP) is a leading global financial information services company and holds leading brands like Platts Energy Information, McGraw-Hill Education and Standard & Poor's.

Total revenue for the first quarter of 2011 stood at $1.3 billion, up 7.7% from 2010 first quarter. The revenue boost came from McGraw-Hill Financial, which grew 16.2% to $324 million in the first quarter.

Operating income during the first quarter increased 12.7% to $214.4 million from the comparable period in 2010. During the quarter, net income improved 16.1% year-over-year to $124 million. Positively, the increase in first quarter earnings came while making investments in segments like digital education.

Cash and short-term investments at the end of March stood at $1.3 billion. Management expects diluted earnings per share of $2.79 to $2.89 for 2011. The stock is trading at 16 times its estimated 2011 earnings and analysts assign 55% buy ratings on the stock, according to Bloomberg consensus.
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