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McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated (MHP): Today's Featured Media Winner

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.

McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated ( MHP) pushed the Media industry higher today making it today's featured media winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated rose 90 cents (1.9%) to $49.35 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.2 million shares of McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $48.02-$49.46 after having opened the day at $48.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.45. Other companies within the Media industry that increased today were: Dreamworks Animation SKG ( DWA), up 8.4%, Point.360 ( PTSX), up 7.3%, Inuvo ( INUV), up 7.2%, and Noah Education Holdings ( NED), up 6.8%.

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The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. provides information services for the financial, commodities and commercial, and education markets worldwide. McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated has a market cap of $13.64 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 11.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are six analysts that rate McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Promotora de Informaciones SA/FI ADR ( PRIS), down 3.9%, Gray Television ( GTN), down 3.7%, Gray Television ( GTN.A), down 2.6%, and Grupo Televisa S.A ( TV), down 2.2%, were all laggards within the media industry with Sirius XM Radio ( SIRI) being today's media industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the media industry could consider PowerShares Dynamic Media ( PBS) while those bearish on the media industry could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Services ( SCC).

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