NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) --

McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated

(NYSE:

MHP

) hit a new 52-week high Friday as it is currently trading at $40.62, above its previous 52-week high of $40.56 with one million shares traded as of 1:22 p.m. ET. Average volume has been 1.7 million shares over the past 30 days.

McGraw-Hill Companies has a market cap of $12 billion and is part of the

services

sector and

media

industry. Shares are up 10.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. provides various information services for financial, educational, and business information markets worldwide. It operates in four segments: Standard & Poor's (S&P), McGraw-Hill Financial, McGraw-Hill Education (MHE), and McGraw-Hill Information & Media (I&M). The company has a P/E ratio of 14.4, below the average media industry P/E ratio of 14.8 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.

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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 revenue growth, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. 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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