That's not to say that MHP hasn't been subject to some scrutiny. Like other ratings agencies, Standard & Poor's took a lot of heat for its role in the credit crisis, and then it took even more heat last year when it downgraded U.S. debt. While that scrutiny has largely blown over, the firm will need to put more eyes on how its heavily regulated ratings arm makes decisions if it wants to keep a lucrative business operating smoothly. Despite a couple of detractors, this stock has a net cash position for the first time in a while, and it looks well positioned for a dividend hike in the next quarter.
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