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NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) --

McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated

(NYSE:

MHP

) hit a new 52-week high Thursday as it is currently trading at $54, above its previous 52-week high of $53.98 with 628,859 shares traded as of 10:45 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 1.8 million shares over the past 30 days.

McGraw-Hill Companies has a market cap of $15.02 billion and is part of the

services

sector and

media

industry. Shares are up 19.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. provides information services for the financial, education, commercial, and commodities markets worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.7, above the average media industry P/E ratio of 17.1 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates McGraw-Hill Companies as a

buy

. 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. You can view the full

McGraw-Hill Companies Ratings Report

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