NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) -- The ex-dividend date for

McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated

(NYSE:

MHP

) is tomorrow, May 24, 2011. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 25 cents per share. At a price of $42.25 as of 9:32 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.3%.

The average volume for McGraw-Hill Companies has been 1.6 million shares per day over the past 30 days. McGraw-Hill Companies has a market cap of $13.2 billion and is part of the

services

sector and

media

industry. Shares are up 17.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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 16, above the average media industry P/E ratio of 15.8 and below 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, revenue growth, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. 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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