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McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated



) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated rose $1.12 (2%) to $56.03 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.3 million shares of McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $54.84-$56.32 after having opened the day at $55.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.91. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were:

American Learning



), up 27.5%,

LodgeNet Interactive Corporation



), up 25.7%,




), up 24.9%, and




), up 20.2%.

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The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. provides information services for the financial, education, commercial, and commodities markets worldwide. McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated has a market cap of $15.32 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.1, above the average media industry P/E ratio of 17.5 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are seven 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


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

Constant Contact



), down 29.9%,

HMS Holdings Corporation



), down 23.4%,

Regis Corporation



), down 16.3%, and




), down 16%, were all laggards within the services sector with

TJX Companies



) being today's services sector laggard.

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iShares Dow Jones US Cons Services



) while those bearish on the services sector could consider

ProShares Ultra Short Consumer Sers




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