McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated (MHP): Today's Featured Media Winner

McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated ( MHP) pushed the Media industry higher today making it today's featured media winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated rose 29 cents (0.6%) to $45.98 on light volume. Throughout the day, 857,017 shares of McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $45.42-$46.26 after having opened the day at $45.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.69. Other companies within the Media industry that increased today were: Gray Television ( GTN), up 8.4%, Dex One ( DEXO), up 6.1%, Noah Education Holdings ( NED), up 4.8%, and Central European Media ( CETV), up 4.4%.

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 $12.78 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.4, above the average media industry P/E ratio of 15 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are six 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 buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, VisionChina Media ( VISN), down 21.5%, AirMedia Group ( AMCN), down 8.4%, Harte-Hanks ( HHS), down 5.5%, and Gray Television ( GTN.A), down 5%, were all losers within the media industry with Walt Disney ( DIS) being today's media industry loser.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the media industry could consider PowerShares Dynamic Media ( PBS) while those bearish on the media industry could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Services ( SCC).
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