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It's been a more tumultuous year for
McGraw Hill (MHP). Shares of the $14 billion publishing firm got hit with a sledge hammer back in February when it was announced that the Justice Department was suing the firm over inflated mortgage bond ratings that helped lead to the financial collapse of 2008. Shares have since rebounded, but there's still a lot of hate for MHP in the market right now. A lot of it looks misplaced.
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McGraw-Hill isn't a conventional publisher. Instead, its focus is in providing higher-value content and research through subsidiaries like J.D. Power and Associates and Standard & Poor's (the firm sold its educational publishing unit back in November for $2.5 billion). That focus on creating valuable content in-house has helped fuel consistent double-digit net margins at MHP vs. much more tenuous profitability at more conventional publishing firms.
In spite of some headline risk, the deep economic moats around MHP's main businesses should provide ample protection for investors, even if the firm encounters some hiccups along the road. With analyst sentiment on the upswing for McGraw-Hill again in April, we're betting on shares of this Rocket Stock ahead of today's earning release.